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The crisis accelerates the idea of ​​a European minimum wage

Nicolas Schmit, the Commissioner for Employment, has picked up his pilgrim’s staff. The European Commission has just launched the second phase of its public consultation to define the outlines of an instrument which it describes as “essential” for economic recovery.

Nicolas Schmit, the Commissioner for Employment, has picked up his pilgrim’s staff. The European Commission has just launched the second phase of its public consultation to define the outlines of an instrument which it describes as “essential” for economic recovery.

(DH) – Nicolas Schmit, the European Commissioner in charge of Employment and Social Rights, can display his satisfaction. His workhorse, the European minimum wage, has just gone from trotting. In fact, the European Commission launched the second phase of its public consultation to draw the outlines of a measure considered essential for economic recovery after the health crisis.

It is “a strong political signal,” commented Nicolas Schmit, mid-week during a press point. Especially since the economic impact of the pandemic has, he said, “further consolidated the demand for EU action to reduce wage inequality and poverty among workers”. “Increasing the lowest wages always has a positive effect on demand and therefore the resilience of the economy,” he said.

Commenting on the criticism that an adjustment of minimum wages could give Eastern European countries a competitive advantage, the Luxembourger replied that adequate minimum wages can “also improve productivity” and strengthen the single market by reducing the social dumping within the EU.

As a reminder, the European Commission launched an initial consultation in January, which was welcomed by 23 union and employer organizations. During this second phase, the social actors are questioned on the different “possible ways” to guarantee that European minimum wages are fixed so as to ensure a “decent standard of living for all workers”.


13.6. IPO / Min du Travail / ITV Nicolas Schmit, Loi Compté-Epargnes Temps Foto: Guy Jallay

By presenting his European minimum wage proposal on Tuesday, Nicolas Schmit pleads for an economy at the service of all. The project defended by the new European Employment Commissioner must “gradually bring social conditions in Europe together.” Interview.


In the opinion of the Commission, minimum wages should be set after the establishment of a floor representing 50 to 60% of the median wage in each country. “It is an important indicator, but not the only one,” recalled Nicolas Schmit, who once again clarified that “it is also necessary to take into account indicators such as the cost of living and the economic and social conditions in each country. . “

The consultation will take end of September 4. If the social partners agree, the Commission will present a proposal. The final word will then go to the member states and the European Parliament.


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