In January 2022, 13 Member States, located in the east and south of the EU, had a minimum wage below 1,000 euros per month, and Romania was one of them. The list includes Bulgaria (EUR 332), Latvia (EUR 500), Romania (EUR 515), Hungary (EUR 542), Croatia (EUR 624), Slovakia (EUR 646), Czech Republic (EUR 652), Estonia (EUR 654), Poland (EUR 655), Lithuania (EUR 730), Greece (EUR 774), Malta (EUR 792) and Portugal (EUR 823).
In Slovenia (EUR 1,074) and Spain (EUR 1,126) the minimum wage was just over EUR 1,000 per month, while in the other six Member States the minimum wage was above EUR 1,500 EUR per month: France (1,603 EUR), Germany (1,621 EUR), Belgium (1,658 EUR), the Netherlands (1,725 EUR), Ireland (1,775 EUR) and Luxembourg (2,257 EUR).
For comparison, the federal minimum wage in the United States was 1,110 euros in January 2022.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) decided in November 2021 to start discussions with the European Commission on a directive that will guarantee all workers in the EU a fair and adequate minimum wage (but not the same minimum wage in all The union).
Although all EU countries have some practice of minimum wages, in most Member States this remuneration often does not cover all living costs. Around seven in ten minimum wage workers in the EU struggled to make ends meet in 2018.
In October 2019, the European Parliament adopted a resolution asking the Commission to propose a legal instrument for a fair minimum wage in the EU. In a report adopted in December 2020, Parliament stressed that the Fair Wages Directive should help to eliminate in-work poverty and promote collective bargaining.