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The results of the EMIN project were presented at the Conference of the European Social Insurance Platform. Over 130 people took part in the Conference. The outcomes were presented by EMIN coordinator, Fintan Farrell as part of a panel on ‘Future Perspectives for the EU”. The other contributors to the panel were Frank Vandenbroucke, Professor of Economics, University of Leuven who spoke on the social dimension of the EU and former Commissioner Laszlo Andor who presented the need for an EU Unemployment Insurance scheme. All the presentations can be downloaded from the ESIP website at: http://www.esip.eu/index.php?q=node/1645
Following a discussion of the college of Commissioners on ‘Policy Orientations for a Social Europe’ in Strasbourg yesterday, Commissioner Thyssen included the following statement in the Press Conference that followed:
“Our social protection systems need to remain sustainable for the future. I believe that upwards social convergence is the key to achieve this. We can encourage gradual convergence by establishing minimum standards, expressed in benchmarks. These can cover for example the duration and level of unemployment benefits, minimum income or access to child care or basic health care. I believe the European Semester would be the appropriate instrument to monitor its application”.
This gives a positive orientation for the follow up from the EMIN project.
The Council of Europe at a recent meeting in Chisinau, Moldova, discussed the need for a citizen income. The debate supported the need for an adequate minimum living income as a means of protecting human dignity and autonomy. The Rapporteur for the report is Ms Nunzia CATALFO, from Italy. Fintan Farrell, Project Coordinator EMIN, presented the results of the EMIN project. See Fintan’s presentation here
Young, Jobless and European – BBC World Service Interview – ‘I’m pretty worried about the social legacy of the financial crisis, especially since young people have been hit very hard’. OSE Director Bart Vanhercke sets out his views in a live interview with Tanya Beckett on the BBC World Service’s ‘Business Daily’ programme. The interview discusses Europe’s austerity catastrophe as well as the need for a binding EU framework on minimum income protection and the frightening lack of urgency among policymakers. Continue reading
06/05/2015 – EMIN (Anne Van Lancker) and EAPN (Fintan Farrell) took part in radio debate on minimum wages in Europe with several MEPs and EESC officials. It was an opportunity to say that not only is a minimum wage important but the level that the minimum wages is set at is also key and that the EU needs to play a role to ensure an upwards convergence in the levels of minimum wage to ensure that all people in employment can have access to decent pay as part of quality jobs. Continue reading
Last weekend (8 March) there was an interview with Commissioner Marianne Thyssen in a Belgian review, Knack. In response to the question “How are you going to stimulate the social dimension? the Commissioner responded: “When we present the yearly recommendations or reform programmes to the countries, more than ever we will focus on social indicators such as inequality and poverty. A country that performs well economically but faces high numbers in poverty can expect a remark. The European Social Fund, with 86 billion EUR, remains an important pillar. Member-States can count on those funds for projects with regards to training, employment, the fight against poverty and social protection. Youth unemployment is an absolute priority. These is a special fund for this.”
You can find the whole interview in Dutch here.