STRASBOURG, France, July 15 Designated European
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday he
would work towards the introduction of a minimum social wage in
each member state of the European Union.
Addressing the European Parliament before a vote to confirm
his appointment, Juncker said: "All countries in the European
Union, we set in place a minimum social wage, a minimum income,
a guaranteed minimum income."
He has previously said he favours each EU country setting a
minimum wage as a proportion of its own median income, which
varies widely between Luxembourg at the top and Romania and
Bulgaria at the bottom.
In comments designed to win over centre-left lawmakers, the
centre-right former Luxembourg prime minister also vowed to
protect public services in Europe from what he called "the whims
of the age" - an apparent reference to privatisation and
restrictions on state aid.
(Reporting by Julia Fioretti; Writing by Paul Taylor)