Informations and abstract
The essay highlights the UE rules' developments in the subject of working time, from the beginning until today. After some notices about the first regulative approach through "soft laws", the Author analyses the case law of the Court of Justice on Sunday rest and women's night work. Then, he examines critically the n. 93/104 directive's contents - which constitutes the actual UE system architrave - in the light of the propositions of a recent Court of Justice's decision, which has rejected the British appeal against the directive for defect of the legal basis. Then the paper is dedicated to evaluate the state of the directive implementation in the member States. In the end, the Author, after a rewiew of the most recent UE measures concerning new aspects of the working time legal system (or, at least, related to it) - such as reduction, flexibility, parental leaves - outlines the map of the future developments in working time in the UE.