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.
Nicola Caputo (Italian MEP S&D ) asks question regarding what the Commission intends to introduce minimum basic income.
Read further to see the full question and the response of Commissioner Thyssen. Continue reading
24/01/2015 – Italian Radio “Radio 24″ interviewed Nicoletta Teodosi, President of CILAP (EAPN Italy) on Poverty and Minimum Income. Continue reading
04/02/2015 – Board members of the Anti-Poverty Forum (APF) Malta, the Maltese member of EAPN, held a meeting with the Social Affairs Committee in the National Parliament on Wednesday 4th February to present the research findings of the EMIN project. Continue reading
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