Europe’s austerity catastrophe and need for EU framework on minimum income – Listen to OSE Director on BBC

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

EMIN takes part in Euranetplus debate on “do we need minimum wages in the European Union?”

2015-citizens-corner-Anne-van-Lancker06/05/2015 – 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

Commissioner Thyssen: more than ever we will focus on social indicators such as inequality and poverty

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.


Redattore Sociale (IT) interviews EAPN Italy on minimum income and the EMIN reports!

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