Last Thursday 15th January, Redattore Sociale, an italian newspaper, interviewed Nicoletta Teodosi, CILAP (EAPN Italy) on EMIN calling on Member States to go forward on minimum income, on the basis of a research financed by the European Commission (2013-2014) in 30 countries. “A universal system of minimum income schemes should be established for people who cannot integrate the labour market so that they can live a dignified life”, said Nicoletta Teodosi. Continue reading
How can the EU Economic and Monetary Union become more social? was one of the questions answered by the new Commissioner, Marianne Thyssen, in an interview for the Social Agenda magazine. “We should think in terms of minimum standards. For example, having a minimum income in every EU country, based on a reference budget. People are working on that right now. We definitely need a more social economic and monetary union” she answered. The full article can be read on the European Commission’s website: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=737&langId=en&pubId=7733&type=1&furtherPubs=no
Open the Minimum Income Scheme (RSA) to all adults 18 years and older living legally in France, without a requirement to have worked, living on low incomes, but only once an assessment has been done of the full range of benefits the person has a right to, is one of the key recommendations that is contained in the French Report produced as part of the European Minimum Income Network Project. You can access the full report in French and English EMIN-France-2014-Fr EMIN-France-2014-En
“Minimum Income as a building block to the right to a life in dignity. If there is no Minimum Income what hope is there for Europe?” these were the remarks of Hugh Frazer, Independent expert on Social inclusion, in his closing remarks at the recent EMIN European Conference.
The real opposition to adequate incomes for all is not lack of resources but is the dominance of competition as a value underpinning our political discourse and decision making for too long now. This is undermining cohesion and solidarity and has an enormous negative cost for European societies. I hope we collective remember what a treasure our ‘social security systems’ are, perhaps Europe’s finest achievement, even while we struggle to make them fit for the form of globalisation we are living through in this time.
It is true that as well as being simple comprehensive Minimum Income Schemes are also complex and change should be developed carefully. The national work of EMIN is preparing the ground for the needed positive changes as shown in the latest reports available from
Brussels, 11 December 2014 – Delegates at the EU-level Conference held in Brussels today on ‘Minimum Income Schemes in Europe’ heard a very different story to the populist story of lazy people who cheat the welfare system. The figures given at the Conference on the non-take-up of minimum income assistance ranging from 20% to as much as 75%, are way and above those of over-take-up that receives much more policy and media attention. Continue reading
Serbia, Poland, Austria and Estonia have all prepared National Reports under the EMIN project. In these Reports you can read about the latest developments in relation to Minimum Income Schemes in each country as well as 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). You will also find proposals to develop adequate and accessible Minimum Income Schemes.
This Thursday 11 December from 13.30 till 18.00, the EMIN will hold its Final EU-level Conference on minimum income schemes, building on 30 national conferences throughout Europe and presenting the outcome of the work of the EMIN, with the contribution of other key actors, on how to build momentum for adequate Minimum Income Schemes. Continue reading