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Adequate minimum wages in the EU: another victory for a Europe that protects

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The Council and the European Parliament have achieved a major social breakthrough by agreeing last night on a minimum wage adapted to each country of the European Union.

A win-win agreement: thanks to the minimum wage adapted to each EU country, the standard of living will increase in the poorest countries of Europe; employees will be better protected; competition between European workers will be greatly reduced.

This measure is one of the main priorities of our French MEP Sylvie Brunet (MoDem), in order to build a more social Europe.

Changing Europe rather than disobeying it

After the Posted Workers Directive, the mobility package, the progress on pay transparency, "women on board", the revision of the ESF+, the adoption of the new European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for redundant workers, the forthcoming implementation of the Social Fund for the Climate and the action we are taking for platform workers, this European minimum wage validates our struggles for a more protective European Union.

Social progress to which must be added the carbon inclusion mechanism at borders which will be voted on this week or the other victories obtained under the French Presidency of the Council of the EU on the trade and competition front (reciprocity in access to public contracts, AMD, etc.).

It is a global European architecture that we have evolved to strengthen our unique social model and protect jobs.

Sylvie Brunet, Vice President of Renew Europe, Vice Coordinator for the group within the Employment Committee declared: "I am delighted with this tremendous victory. It is a great emotion to see this text that we have been supporting since the campaign come to fruition. It has been a long road, we had to convince, argue and find solutions in the face of some people's reticence. This directive aims to guarantee wages that allow for a decent standard of living; it will also reduce inequalities and contribute to upward social convergence; it will also stimulate social dialogue. This is particularly important in the current inflationary context."