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Public consultation on proposal for an EU Directive on adequate minimum wages in the EU

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is seeking the views of interested parties on a proposal for a directive on adequate minimum wages in the European Union which was published by the European Commission in October 2020.

This proposal aims to ensure that the workers in the Union are protected by adequate minimum wages allowing for a decent living. The proposal also aims to help protect employers that pay decent wages to workers by ensuring fair competition.

The Commission proposal has been sent to the Council of the European Union (composed of the governments of the EU Member States) and the European Parliament, for discussion, possible amendment, and agreement. The proposal will be considered in the first instance by the relevant EU Council Working Party, meetings of which will be attended by Department officials.

How to send submissions

As part of Ireland’s national scrutiny of the proposal, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment welcomes views on the proposal, and invites stakeholders and other interested parties to make a submission.

Respondents may send their views by email to the address below. Submissions should arrive not later than 19 February 2021.


Freedom of Information and publication of submissions

Please note that all submissions received will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2014. Consequently, when submitting material, parties should specify any information which they consider should not be released, and identify the grounds under the Act which support the non-release of the information.

The Department may decide to place submissions received on its website in due course. A decision on any such placement may occur without prior consultation with respondents to this consultation process.

If a respondent does not wish any material contained in its submission to be published in this way because it is considered commercially sensitive or confidential, then this should be clearly indicated (with reasons) in the submission.


Further information may be obtained by contacting the Low Pay Unit of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment by email: EUminwageconsult@enterprise.gov.ie


The following documents published by the European Commission provide further information on the proposal:

Commission proposal for an EU Directive on adequate minimum wages in the EU (PDF, 561KB)

Staff Working Document (PDF, 288KB) and Impact Assessment (PDF, 5.1MB) accompanying the Commission proposal

Questions and Answers: Adequate minimum wages

Factsheet: Adequate minimum wages (PDF,1.5MB) 


Published by Enterprise Strategy, Competitiveness and Evaluation

Topics: Workplace and Skills