Want to know the latest Information re Minimum Income Schemes in Malta, Luxembourg and Sweden

Please see attached the National Reports prepared under the EMIN project for the countries of Malta, Luxembourg and Sweden. These reports present information and comments on: 1) latest developments in relation to Minimum Income Schemes, 2) Assessments of the schemes in relation to their adequacy, coverage and take-up, and the link to accessible services and inclusive employment (in line with he EU Active Inclusion Recommendation).  Perhaps the central part of the reports, is the identification of obstacles to accessible and adequate Minimum Income Schemes, the identification of steps to overcome these obstacles and the efforts made to build collaboration between different actors to support the implementation of the proposed steps.  A synthesis of the 30 National Reports being produced (of which these are the first three completed) will be presented at a Conference in Brussels on 11 December. If you should like to participate you can find the information and details re registration here

The reports can be accessed at the following links: EMIN-MALTA-2014-Final   EMIN-LUXEMBOURG-2014-Final-En   EMIN-Sweden-2014-Final-En

Minimum Income Scheme in Greece – Report from Consultation Meeting

GreeceEMIN01/10/2014- “Debate on Minimum Income Schemes (MIS) in Greece and the EU-Expectations and Challenges” was held in Athens, Greece.

In the workshop that was held on the 1st of October 2014 in the frame of EMIN project  forty one (41) persons out of seventy three that have been invited participated.

The workshop was greated by Mr. Istvan Venoulos, representing the European Commission. The speech was positively addressing the necessity of the establishment of adequate minimum income schemes in all EU member states and expressed, on behalf of the Commissioner the will to support the effort towards this direction. Continue reading

Invite to register for EMIN European Conference

We have now completed 30 National Conferences on Minimum Income Schemes and two thematic reports: 1) On ‘Not Take Up’ done by FEANTSA and 2) ‘Adequacy of Incomes for Older people’ done by AGE- Platform.

You are now invited to register for the final Conference (of phase one of the project) which will be held in Brussels on Thursday 11 December from 13.30 to 18.00. The outcome of the work will be presented and other key actors will be present and contribute; on how to build momentum for adequate Minimum Income Schemes.

See attached document for more information _Conference Programme. A more detailed programme will be available later.

Register be sending an email with your name and organisation to sigrid.dahmen@eapn.eu before 31 November.

Information and awareness raising leaflet on Minimum Income Schemes in the UK

See attached short information and awareness raising leaflet on Minimum Income Schemes in the UK. The leaflet also includes information on what needs to change and key ideas on what’s blocking the changes that are needed.  One information from the leaflet is the following:

A Trade Union Confederation survey has shown that people think 41% of the total welfare budget goes on unemployment benefits; the true figure is nearer 3%.

Read the whole leaflet here.

‘Put Flesh to your Words! Poverty in Greece needs a comprehensive Minimum Guaranteed Income Scheme’ – EAPN Greece response to the Pilot MGI Initiative’

17/10/2014- It is not possible for EAPN Greece to take a clear position, supporting or rejecting the pilot initiative, given the lack of clarity surrounding the announcement of the pilot Minimum Guaranteed Income (MGI) scheme. We have a positive stance towards the introduction of a MGI scheme, we have fought for it over many years, but we wait to see the final legal framework (the Ministerial Act) and the conditions of the pilot phase, to express more clearly our position. Continue reading

EMIN-Conference Austria: Breaking down the walls of exclusion!


10/10/2014-The Austrian EMIN-Conference took place in Kolping-Centre in Vienna. 120 participants from NGOs and universities, from public administration and authorities, from ministries and people experiencing poverty discussed the Austrian Minimum Income Scheme and European perspectives of adequate Minimum Income.

The introduction and comments on the “Bedarfsorientierte Mindestsicherung” (“means tested minimum income”) revealed numerous deficiencies and problems: Insufficient information from authorities, inadequate benefit levels, high non-take-up rates, unworthy and discriminatory treatment on Social Welfare Offices etc. Continue reading