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Economy & Jobs 10-05-2021

France ready to pick up the baton on EU minimum wage proposal

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday (8 May) that Paris was ready to pick up the baton on the EU’s minimum wage proposal if an agreement cannot be reached during the Portuguese EU presidency, which ends on 1 July.

Schmit hopes for agreement on EU minimum wages by June

Member states will hopefully reach a common position on the definition of EU minimum wages before the end of Portugal’s presidency of the Council, which runs until June, European Commissioner for employment, Nicolas Schmit, told Lusa.pt, highlighting the “efforts” made...
Economy & Jobs 10-12-2020

One in ten European workers at risk of poverty, study says

In-work poverty increased over the last decade in most European countries, with around 12% of workers at risk of poverty, according to the latest report by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).
Economy & Jobs 28-10-2020

Commission makes it clear: Same minimum wage for all EU countries is impossible

Commissioner Nicolas Schmit said on Wednesday (28 October) that if Bulgaria, the country with the lowest wages in the EU, were to introduce the same wages as his native Luxembourg, the very next day there would be “no Bulgarian economy”.
Economy & Jobs 15-07-2020

National recovery plan, taxes, subsidised contracts… Macron’s three economic priorities

In a Bastille Day interview with French media on Tuesday (14 July), President Emmanuel Macron detailed his economic orientation for the final two years of his five-year term. EURACTIV's media partner Ouest-France reports.
Economy & Jobs 17-06-2020

Commissioner Schmit: The future of Europe is not low wages, insecure jobs

The EU is facing the worst recession in history as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. To ensure that the crisis does not turn into a social emergency, the bloc must address issues like job security, minimum wages, or youth opportunities, the Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, told EURACTIV in an interview. 
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2020

Commission continues with EU minimum wage push, using coronavirus momentum

The European Commission insists that minimum wages ensuring workers across the EU earn a decent living are crucial to the coronavirus recovery and on Wednesday (3 June) launched a new round of consultations with social partners.
Global Europe 23-01-2020

Spain announces 5.5% hike in minimum wage as ‘tool’ against inequality

Spain's new government on Wednesday (22 January) announced a 5.5% rise in the minimum wage retroactive to 1 January, the third major economic initiative the left-wing coalition has announced since taking office this month.
Global Europe 16-01-2020

Nicolas Schmit: ‘The first dignity of work is to pay people a fair wage’

Nicolas Schmit will have a busy 2020. The EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights outlined on Tuesday (14 January) a comprehensive agenda to beef up the EU’s social policies. He discussed the details in an interview with EURACTIV.

Schmit to unveil EU minimum wage proposal in January

Nicolas Schmit announced on Tuesday (10 December) that he will unveil his proposal for an EU minimum wage framework in early January, following his first Council meeting as a member of the new European Commission.

EU election 2019: What next for Social Europe?

In November 2017, the European Commission launched the European Pillar of Social Rights, which resulted in 25 legislative initiatives. Ahead of the EU elections this week, EURACTIV looks at what the main political parties have on offer for social Europe.
EU Elections 2019 07-05-2019

Timmermans calls on all EU members to adopt minimum wage

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Monday (6 May) called for each EU member to have a minimum wage equivalent to 60% of its median salary to reduce the bloc's growing wealth gap.

Growing number of French shocked by income inequality

A new poll in France has revealed that income inequalities are among the least acceptable social factors. More than 90% of French respondents call for the minimum wage to be raised. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Economy & Jobs 11-04-2019

‘Neoliberal monster’: Germans urge EU to shake off its bad image

As many as 78% of Germans say economic inequality between EU member states damages Germany. And two-thirds consider a need for EU reform, with a greater focus on social issues, according to a new survey. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 28-03-2019

Austria plans €1.50 hourly wages for asylum seekers

The Austrian government wants to introduce a uniform hourly wage of €1.50 during the first three months following an asylum application. However, opposition parties and charities vehemently oppose this. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 07-02-2018

German pay deal heralds end of wage restraint in Europe’s largest economy

A hard-fought deal on pay and working hours for industrial employees in southwestern Germany sets a benchmark for millions of workers across Europe's largest economy and heralds wage growth in the coming years.
Elections 02-11-2017

German coalition talks: Between old-age poverty and cannabis legalisation

The first round of the German coalition talks on social policy was a meeting to get an initial feeling for where the parties stand. However, some common things are emerging: in the fight against old-age poverty, shortage of nurses and long-term unemployment. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Road safety 31-05-2017

Controversial EU labour rules tackle truck drivers’ pay and working conditions

Truck drivers are the latest workers to come into the European Commission's sights in its bid to build a more 'social Europe', with new rules designed to make sure drivers from lower-wage countries don't undercut better paid workers when they travel to other EU member states.
Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

Mélenchon and Hamon unable to overcome differences on Europe

Discussions on a possible coalition between the two left-wing candidates for France’s presidential election appear to have broken down. Their fundamentally different views on the future of Europe make any partnership unworkable. EURACTIV France reports.
Minimum wage

Minimum wages soar across Europe in bid to curb social inequality

Minimum wages increased in most EU countries last year in an effort to redress social dumping, a new research has found.

MEPs call for EU law requiring minimum wage in every country

MEPs are asking the European Commission to require member states to introduce national minimum wages in a move that will unnerve politicians across Europe, business lobby groups and even some trade unions.
Transport 28-09-2016

Paris and Berlin hit back against ‘abusive practices’ in the road transport sector

France, Germany and six other European countries have asked the European Commission to examine the consequences of the "abusive practices" and "fierce competition" from certain states in the road transport sector.

Minimum wage debate in EU centres on social dumping, ‘fair pay’

Germany’s adoption of a minimum wage in 2015 and the EU’s repeated talks over posted workers have paved the way for the adoption of a European minimum wage. But political resistance in some quarters is still strong. EURACTIV France reports.

IMF recommends paying refugees below the minimum wage

The International Monetary Fund has highlighted the positive effect of public spending on refugees on European GDP, but has also recommended that employers pay them less than the minimum wage. EURACTIV France reports