The EU Directive on minimum wages has taken an important step this week: on 7 June 2022, the negotiations between EU Commission, EU Parliament and Council reached a breakthrough in form of a provisional agreement. The main objectives of the Directive, to achieve fair wages in Europe and to strengthen collective bargaining, are important projects to advance a social Europe. It is to be welcomed that with this important socio-political legal act, the EU clearly departs from the austerity course of earlier years.