Luxembourg’s Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs

The Luxembourgish Nicolas Schmitt, who is expected to become commissioner for jobs in the Von Der Leyen Commission, was heard by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament on Tuesday, October 1st. In front of the MEPs, Nicolas Schmit has expressed his desire to revive the European social dialogue. His main tasks will be to support the setting up of the new European labour authority and to establish a European system of unemployment reinsurance. A Social Democrat and Minister of Labour since 2009 in several coalition governments in Luxembourg, Nicolas Schmitt also held the portfolio of the social economy since 2013. During his speech to parliamentarians, Nicolas Schmit also expressed the intention of the Commission to legislate the digital economy sector in order to better fight “social dumping”. Applauded at the end of his hearing, the final appointment of the Luxembourgish commissioner-designate should be ratified within a few hours.