Because Germany has not correctly implemented new EU rules on the compatibility of family and work, the European Commission is taking action against the Federal Republic. The Brussels authority announced on Wednesday that it would send a letter of formal notice to Germany, thereby initiating so-called infringement proceedings. The federal government now has two months to respond. Since August 2, the new rules stipulate, among other things, that fathers or the second parent receive paid leave of at least ten days after the birth of a child. However, this requirement was not implemented in Germany. The Ministry for Family Affairs justified this at the beginning of August by saying that the federal government had negotiated an exception, but was otherwise doing enough for young parents anyway.