Mark the dates! 30 national conferences to discuss Minimum Income Schemes in the EU
Social insecurity is growing in Europe. European states, once hailed as models of comprehensive social protection systems, are undergoing dramatic reforms. What is happening to the European dream and model of quality employment and high-level social protection? This question is closely linked to the quality of minimum income schemes in European countries.
This is the topic of 30 national conferences happening this year between June and mid-October in 30 European countries and culminating by an EU-level conference on 06 November 2014 in Brussels, to take stock of the outcomes of all the national discussions. Continue reading
The social platform, brings together over 40 European level organizations and Networks. Read their position paper calling for an EU Directive on Minimum Income here Social Platform_Position Paper_Directive-Minimum-Income
10/06/2014 – BMIN (Belgian Minimum Income Network) organized the conference “Towards the progressive realization of an adequate and accessible minimum income.” The first results of the project were presented as well as BMIN’s recommendations for European and national levels. The following political parties took part in the conference: CDH, Ecolo, FDF, Groen, MR, N-VA, PVDA, Sp.a and PS. All parties confirmed the need for a strong minimum income above the poverty line, and recognized the importance of easy access to minimum income, inter alia, through the automatic granting of rights. Several parties also reaffirmed the target to take 530,000 people out of poverty by 2020 If political parties keep their promise, then the punitive conditions that restrict peoples access to minimum income schemes should be removed. Continue reading
Please see below the 2013 report from EMIN Ireland. The report assess the strengths and weaknesses of the current Minimum Income Schemes in Ireland, identifies obstacles to implementing adequate and accessible minimum income schemes and presents a road map for the progressive realization of adequate schemes in Ireland. This report and the road map will be the subject of a conference organised by EMIN Ireland to be held in Dublin on Wednesday 18 June.
EMIN Ireland Year 1 Report Final
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) release a new report on Social Protection. ITUC describes social protection as “essential for social justice and inclusion, strong democracies, equitable growth and resilience during crises”. The report gives an overview of social protection and social assistance – looking at minimum income in a global context and linking it to the inequality debate. Access the report ITUC Frontlines April 2014 Social Protection – A key to a fair society
The Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs that will take place in Athens, Greece, on April 29-30, will discuss “Economic recovery and social policies: the role of minimum income schemes”. The Social Platform will have a delegation who will meet with the Ministers to exchange on this topic.
The position paper prepared by the Social Platform for this meeting draws on the work of EAPN and the EMIN project and calls on all member states to put in place adequate minimum income schemes that are accessible for all that need them. The right to an adequate minimum income should be recognised as a fundamental right and should enable people to live a life in dignity, support their full participation in society and ensure their independence across the life cycle. The Platform position states that to achieve a level playing field across Europe, an EU framework directive on Adequate Minimum Income Schemes should be adopted that establishes common principles, definitions of adequacy, and methods.
Please use your contacts and networks to draw attention to this important discussion.
See the full Platform contribution here: Social Platform Contribution_informal EPSCO_Greece
This Friends of Europe background report, entitled ‘A European Social Union: 10 tough nuts to crack’ is intended as a stimulus to widen the debate about the European Union’s social policy options once a new European Commission and European Parliament are in place, and is a basis for discussion by the 30 or so senior experts who make up the Friends of Europe Social Europe High-Level Group. This High-Level Group of authoritative and representative voices is comprised of social partners, independent experts and high profile political actors.
The report is authored by Frank Vandenbroucke, chair of Friends of Europe’s High-Level Group. It is published as his personal view of the social challenges that confront the EU, and their possible solutions. Frank Vandenbroucke served as Belgium’s former Minister for Employment, Pensions and Social Affairs and as Deputy Prime Minister. Frank is now a Professor at the Universities of Leuven, Antwerp and Amsterdam. Bart Vanhercke, co-author of the report, is Director of the European Social Observatory (OSE) and affiliated at the University of Leuven.
One of the 10 tough nuts to crack is dentified as Increasing the effectiveness of minimum income protection by EU initiatives?
Access the report here: A European Social Union – 10 tough nuts to crack