European Union – Employment. Article 1(3) of Directive (EC) 2003/88, read in conjunction with art 2(2) of Directive (EEC) 89/391, had to be interpreted as meaning that the work performed by a foster parent under an employment contract with a public authority, which consisted in taking in a child, integrating that child into his or her household and ensuring, on a continuous basis, the harmonious upbringing and education of that child, did not come within the scope of Directive 2003/88. The Court of Justice of the European Union so held in a preliminary ruling in proceedings concerning a request made by some foster parents to receive an increase in their base salary in respect of work performed, among other things, during statutory leave and public holidays.