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Belgium: Does Germany violate competition rules with ‘social dumping’?

 |  April 10, 2013

In efforts to fight what the Belgium government is alleging as ‘social dumping’ through the practice of offering ‘mini-jobs’ by Germany, Belgium has reportedly issued an official letter to the European Commission accusing Germany of violating competition law. According to reports, German firms offering low wages without social protection to workers, often from East Europe, are working a regime in the country that represents “disloyal competition” between EU nations, said a Belgian government official to media. Workers of these so-called mini-jobs reportedly only get three-to-four euros per hour; Belgium, on the other hand, offers a minimum wage of about 12-to-13 euros per hour. Similar issues have been raised by France and the Netherlands.


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