Madrid, 15/09/2014 – EAPN Spain, national pilot of the European Minimum Income Network (EMIN), organized the conference ‘Minimum Income Schemes in Spain and the EU‘ at the ONCE Foundation headquarters in Madrid. The conference aimed to improve minimum-income scheme coverage for the most vulnerable, its effectiveness as a key tool in the fight against poverty and the transparency of its management. Continue reading
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
Paris, 30/06/2014 -The ANSA (Agence Nouvelle des Solidarités Actives), member of EAPN France and national pilot in the European Minimum Income Network (EMIN), organised a public conference on the French minimum income scheme (Revenu de Solidarité Active – RSA), gathering minimum-income recipients, organisations, civil servants, regional/local authorities, professional organisations, policy makers, academics and private sector representatives. Continue reading
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.
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