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How many EU countries have a minimum wage and at what level?

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CheckNews, France

27 March 2019, Updated: 3 April 2019

Of the 28 EU member states, only 6 do not have a minimum wage. They are Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden.

We have shortened your question: “Emmanuel Macron has proposed a European minimum wage. How many EU countries already have a minimum wage and at what level?”

In his letter entitled “For a European Renewal”, Emmanuel Macron indeed expressed his wish to see an EU minimum wage: “Europe, where social security was created, needs to introduce a social shield for all workers, east to west and north to south, guaranteeing the same pay in the same workplace, and a minimum European wage appropriate to each country and discussed collectively every year.”

Six EU countries have no minimum wage

You want to know which countries already have a minimum wage and at what level. The European statistics office Eurostat has the data. 22 of 28 EU member states have a minimum wage. The 6 exceptions are Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden.

Regarding the monthly gross amounts involved, these vary from € 286 in Bulgaria to € 2071 in Luxembourg.

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Translated by Harry Bowden, VoxEurop

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