The European Commission (the commission) has published its 2020-21 employment and social policy priorities in a communication that aims to reinforce the EU Pillar Of Social Rights agreed to in 2017. Proposals include a possible framework for paying fair minimum wages, binding measures to ensure gender pay transparency, improved implementation of labor and environmental clauses in European Union (EU) trade agreements, and publication in early 2021 of an action plan aimed at promoting the EU pillar of social rights. On 14 January, the commission launched an initial consultation with EU social partners on fair minimum wages, which will allow the commission to assess the need for further EU initiatives.
Highlights of the initiatives and timeframe include:
Other employment-related initiatives flagged in the communication include: