Communication on ‘A strong Social Europe for just transitions’

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Series Details COM (2020) 14
Publication Date 14/01/2020
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Communication published by the European Commission on 14 January 2020, setting out a road towards an Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR).

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The European Pillar of Social Rights sets out 20 key principles and rights essential for fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems in the 21st century. This Communication presents a number of EU-level initiatives that aims at supporting the implementation of the EPSR and aims to launch a discussion with different stakeholders on the way forward, ahead of the publication of an Action Plan that is able to turn the rights and principles enshrined in the Pillar into reality.

Alongside this Communication, the European Commission also decided the launch the first citizen of a public consultation on the issue of fair minimum wages for workers in the European Union.

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Commentary and Analysis
EUObserver, 13/01/2020: Why EU minimum wage is actually bad idea for workers
EurActiv, 15/01/2020: Adapting labour markets to Europe’s green economy
The Wall Street Journal, 15/01/2020: The Wages of Europe
Euro|topics, January 2020: Wage dumping: can a European minimum wage help?

EurActiv, 11/12/2019: Schmit to unveil EU minimum wage proposal in January
The Guardian, 12/01/2020: Nordic countries at odds with EU over minimum wage
The Guardian, 15/01/2020: EU will not force statutory minimum wage on Nordic countries
Delano, 15/01/2020: Schmit begins consultation on Europe minimum wage
Forbes, 16/01/2020: European Commission To Launch Consultations On First EU Minimum Wage
EUObserver, 21/01/2020: Danes still sceptical on EU minimum wage

European Commission: Press Release, 14/01/2020: Commission presents first reflections on building a strong social Europe for just transitions
European Commission: C(2020)83 - First phase consultation of Social Partners under Article 154 TFEU on a possible action addressing the challenges related to fair minimum wages
European Commission: Questions and Answers, 14/01/2020: A Strong Social Europe for Just Transitions

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