Nicolas Schmit

EU Commissioner for Employment Hopes for Agreement on EU Minimum Wages by June

Member States will hopefully reach a common position on the definition of EU minimum wages before the end of Portugal's presidency of the Council, which runs until June, European Commissioner for employment, Nicolas Schmit, told Lusa.pt, highlighting the "efforts" made by Portugal to that end.

The EC Called for Free Movement of Critical Workers to be Guaranteed

Today, the Commission has issued new practical advice to ensure that mobile workers within the EU, in particular those in critical occupations to fight the coronavirus pandemic, can reach their workplace. This includes but is not limited to those working in the health care and food sectors, and other essential services like childcare, elderly care, and critical staff for utilities.

The European Commission to Introduce Fair Minimum Wages for Workers in the EU

The Commission presented a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback on further action at all levels in the area of employment and social rights.

Latvia’s Former Permanent Representative to the European Union Named Secretary-General of the European Commission

Latvian Ilze Juhansone is a the new Secretary-General of the European Commission, Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Nicolas Schmit announced. He specified that the decision was taken at today's meeting of the commissioners and takes effect immediately.

European Council worries about the detention and reception conditions for asylum seekers

No-one should ever be detained for the sole reason that he or she is an asylum seeker, said speakers in a debate on Wednesday evening. To apply for asylum is a basic human right, and detention can only be used as a measure of last resort, they insisted.

Labour Minister: a national need not to proceed to further pension cuts

The gοvernment aims to form a just and sustainable social security system without further pension cuts, Labour Minister George Katrougalos said during his meeting with the president of EU Labour Ministers Council Nicolas Schmit on Tuesday.

He stressed that it is not only a national guideline but a national need.