EU minimum wage recommended by EU conference
After a weekend of deliberations in Dublin, 200 citizens from across the EU voted to adopt a set of 48 far-reaching and ambitious recommendations as part of the EU conference on the future of Europe.
These recommendations are now forwarded to a plenary session of the European Parliament to be held in Strasbourg on 11 and 12 March.
The group of 200 citizens met in Dublin to finalize and vote on their recommendations, meeting for the third time after previously meeting in Strasbourg and online. With the invasion of Ukraine high on everyone’s minds, citizens were tasked this weekend with debating a range of European issues, including: “A stronger economy; social justice and jobs; education; culture; youth and sports; and digital transformation”.
The results of the deliberations of 200 citizens over three sessions ending in Dublin are voted on this morning!
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Professor David Farrell of UCD, who was an observer at the conference, said: “I was extremely impressed with the efficiency of the deliberative process, particularly given the multilingual nature of the discussions with up to 24 languages. used throughout.”
Among their recommendations, citizens called for the introduction of a European minimum wage, which would be adjustable according to the cost of living in each EU country. Citizens also called for more EU efforts to prevent tax evasion while acknowledging that EU member states should always have “room to set their individual rates”.
Interestingly for the Irish perspective, given the ongoing housing crisis, citizens also voted 83% for EU action to support the targeted provision of social housing. Other recommendations adopted included the introduction of an EU right to “smart work”, which would include recognition of the rights of EU workers to work remotely from home or “from another location once connected online”.
The Dublin conference was organized by the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), Ireland’s leading think tank on international affairs, which was selected as one of four host institutions along with the European University Institute in Florence (Italy), the College of Europe, Natolin (Poland) and the European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht (the Netherlands).
The full list of recommendations adopted will be published tomorrow by the European institutions.