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(07 December 2021) - Yesterday, the EU Council agreed on a common negotiating position on the minimum wage directive, with the only dissent coming from Denmark and Hungary.

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This paves the way for negotiations between Parliament and member states, possibly leading to the adoption of the directive as soon as spring 2022.

The directive on adequate minimum wages was proposed by the European Commission in 2020. In countries that have a statutory minimum wage, the directive aims to ensure that statutory minimum wages are adequately high, at least 60% of the national median wage.

“We cannot accept that people who put all their energy in their job, still live in poverty and cannot afford a decent standard of living. This law will be a great step forward towards this goal”, Slovenian Labour Minister Janez Cigler Kralj said when presenting the Council’s agreement on Monday (6 December). (Euractiv)

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