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Parliamentary questions
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16 January 2015
Question for written answer P-000624-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Adam Szejnfeld (PPE)

 Subject:  German provisions on minimum wage as a violation of the rules of the European single market
 Answer in writing 

On 1 January 2015, new provisions entered into force introducing a minimum wage of EUR 8.5 per hour in Germany. This type of regulation should clearly only affect businesses registered in Germany and their employees.

However, I was shocked to discover that the German Federal Ministry of Finance is interpreting the provisions in such a way that they are deemed to apply to everyone, including employees of businesses registered in other Member States, whose duties involve them being on German territory on a temporary basis, for example during a business trip.

In my opinion, such an interpretation appears to mark the introduction of non‐tariff barriers to the movement of goods and services, and it also constitutes a barrier to people's freedom of movement. This is in complete contradiction of current law — including Treaty law and the EU's secondary legislation.

What steps does the Commission plan to take, and when, in order to eliminate those provisions of the German law on the minimum wage or interpretations thereof that do not comply with EC law?

Original language of question: PL 
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