26/09/2014- The National Conference EMIN “Country Report. Guaranteed Minimum Income in Romania” took place at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania. The event was held with the support of the Romanian Senate and was attended by Lăcrămioara Corcheş, Director of the General Directorate of Social Assistance within the Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly. From our European partners in the EMIN Project, participated Maria Jeliazakova, national coordinator EAPN Bulgaria and Fintan Farrell, EMIN European Coordinator (EAPN Brussels). At the Conference participated more than 50 participants, professionals from the field of social protections, NGOs, trade unions and people experiencing poverty. Continue reading
At first, Christine Mayer the Economic Chief of the European Commission’s Representation in Luxembourg, made an introduction about fighting poverty in the UE and underlined the importance and relevance of such a European Minimum Income Network.
Anne Van Lancker, EMIN policy coordinator, described the EMIN project in detail and presented the EU roadmap towards progressive realization of adequate and accessible Minimum Income Schemes.
Jonathan Devillers, Expert by experience of the Belgian Anti-Poverty Network (BAPN), then presented the situation of the minimum income in Belgium. Continue reading
7/10/2014- Czech Republic held their National EMIN Conference on the World day for Decent Work. The Conference was held under patronage of the Vice – president of Senate Mr. Zdeněk Škromach. In his opening speech, Vice-President of Parliament Zdeněk Škromach reviewed developments in Europe and the Czech Republic since the resolution “The role of minimum income in combating poverty and promotion of social inclusion in Europe”, adopted by the European Parliament in the 2010 European conference at the same time committed to efforts to reduce the level of poverty in the Strategy for 2020. Despite being in Europe, a strong focus on poverty reduction, the poverty rate is still rising.
7/10/2014- The Irish Round table was built on the Report on Minimum Income in Ireland by Robin Hanan and Audry Deane.
It discussed two draft discussion paper on a Road Map to an Adequate Minimum Income System in Ireland and a Road Map to an Adequate Minimum Income System in Europe
Speakers from the round table where as seen in photo: Robin Hanan, Micheál Collins, Audry Deane, Anne Van Lanker, Katherine Duffy and Hugh Frazer (Chairperson). Continue reading