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EU proposal on minimum wages a threat to the Swedish model

15 December 2020 klockan 11.45

The European Commission has drawn up a proposal for an EU law containing a framework for minimum wages in the EU. The Riksdag has examined the legislative proposal in accordance with the requirements of the principle of subsidiarity, which state that the EU shall legislate in a particular matter if the objectives of the proposed measure cannot be achieved as well by the member states themselves.

The Riksdag stresses that the Treaty on European Union is clear when it states that it is the member states themselves who deal with matters relating to wage conditions and that the EU does not have the authority to legislate in this area. The Commission's proposal would mean a real threat to the Swedish labour market model since it would be possible for both wages in Sweden and the Swedish collective agreement model to be examined by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The Riksdag's view is that measures concerning wage formation are best dealt with at national level, because the preconditions in this area differ so very much between the different member states of the EU. There is no added value to be gained by taking measures at EU level regarding wage formation.
The Riksdag considers that the Commission's proposal conflicts with the principle of subsidiarity and intends to make comments in a reasoned opinion to the EU's decision-making institutions.