Conservative MEPs have welcomed today's confirmation by the European Commission that the proposed maternity leave directive is to be withdrawn.
The directive was first put forward in 2008, but has faced deadlock for the past five years, due to a lack of agreement between the European Parliament and national governments.
The UK, along with many other countries, believes that rules on maternity leave should be decided on at a national level and not through a one-size-fits-all EU approach.
The Conservative spokesman in the European Parliament for Women's Rights, Julie Girling MEP, said: "We've been calling for the withdrawal of this burdensome and costly proposal since 2010, and we're glad that the European Commission has seen sense.
"We do not need EU diktats telling new mums that they should be staying at home for 20 weeks.
"The UK has a progressive approach to parental leave, meaning mums and dads like to share out their leave as they see fit.
The South West and Gibraltar MEP added: "I hope this is a sign that the European Commission is finally starting to take seriously the demands by Conservative MEPs for better and smarter law making."