The rapporteur, Ms Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz (EPP, Poland ) focuses on the objective of the Directive to increase women's employment and to well reflect its legal basis. Two crucial pillars of the proposal which the rapporteur considers fundamental for achieving these objectives are: non-transferability of parental leave and sick pay level of compensation during leaves. The rapporteur introduces several modifications with the intention of making the proposal responsive to the demands of the EU economies. Several amendments aim to reflect the concern for the functioning of micro, small and medium-sized companies. Better clarity and the need for clear notice periods as well as qualifying periods for the leaves and for flexible working arrangements are requested by the rapporteur.