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.
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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
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