Partners and Contact details


EMIN Project Manager: Fintan Farrell

EMIN Policy Coordinator: Anne Van Lancker ‎

The European Minimum Income Network (EMIN) is an informal Network of organisations and individuals committed to achieve the progressive realisation of adequate, accessible and enabling Minimum Income Schemes. EMIN is coordinated by the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN).

For the period 2017-2018 EMIN receives financial support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) to develop its work in the EU Member States and at EU level. We call this the EMIN2 project

Commission LogoThe Information on this website reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


EAPN European Anti-Poverty Network

KEY PARTNERS EMIN 2 (2017-2018)

  • ETUC European Trade Union Institute
  • Belgian Federal Public Service Social Integration, anti-Poverty Policy, Social Economy and Federal Urban Policy
  • UA University of Antwerp
  • The National EMIN Networks
  • The EU Level Supporters Group – Open to organisations and actors committed to ensuring adequate and accessible Minimum Income Schemes

EAPN      logo    Belgian-Secretariat-integration-sociale-logo    logo_en-1


5 thoughts on “Partners and Contact details

  1. The 1st national meeting of EMIN took place in Rucava, Latvia, 22 January 2014. 15 specialists of NGO, University of Latvia and the Ministry of Welfare participated. Meeting was lead by national coordinator Elina Alere-Fogele.

  2. In September 17 took place in Riga EMIN national conference, which was attended by over 70 participants from the capital city and regional NGOs and local governments. In the opening of the conference Uldis Augulis, the Minister of Welfare, and Martins Zemitis, the representative of the European Commission, took part. The experiences were shared by visitors from Denmark and Lithuania – Per K.Larsen and Aiste Cerniauskaite to EAPN/ EMIN project goals. Summary of discussions of ten working groups will be used for the National Report of EAPN-Latvia, which will be prepared by Laila Balga, EMIN national coordinator, and the experts Lelde Calite and Elina Alere-Fogele.

  3. The 2nd national meeting of EMIN took place in Aloja, Latvia, 17 December 2014. 16 specialists of NGOs and the Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia participated. The National Report and the Toward adequate and accessible Minimum Income Schemes in Europe (draft) was presented. Meeting was lead by national coordinator Laila Balga.
    18 December 2014 in Riga Lelde Calite, Laila Balga and Elina Alere-Fogele, the experts of EMIN / EAPN-Latvia, have presented the National Report and the Toward adequate and accessible Minimum Income Schemes in Europe (draft) to the Ministry of Welfare of LR.

  4. In our response on the draft NRP, EAPN NL, mentoined basic income and EMIN2.

    Other observations on employment.
    Is the philosophy of the new Law on Work and Security ‘creating opportunities’ or from
    ‘imperative’ frames, with fines and measures such as the Participation Law does? We say
    this because we have to stress that it is scientifically proven that what gets attention, is
    growing and that the government will offer us as a society a great favor by opting for the
    more “supportive” and stimulating role, then for monitoring, managing and enforce the
    principle that “men” should be breed and is based on being and doing ‘bad’?
    EAPN NL would like here to comment on the pension debate. The NRP will all notice those
    who are discussing the changes in the pension system. We miss in this the contribution of
    experience expert, while perhaps the most deprived will depend on the height -or lowth- of
    future pensions.
    We also wonder how the government wants to deal with the trend towards digitization and
    robotics, especially concerning the lower wage jobs that will disappear, meaning that less
    and less paid jobs are left for people who could / would get a job? Is the government willing
    to look in the light of the ongoing and increasing development for an alternative income
    system as the basic income shows an alternative? Whereby the psychological and physical
    impact of ‘scarcity’ and dependence {Mullainathan, 2015 # 89} can be reduced in favor of an
    enormous group of ‘marginalized’, which will continue to exist, with all the costs included,
    whilst the labor market is seen as the “way” out of poverty and social exclusion.

  5. Basic Income experiments in Dutch municipalities?

    In several cities in the Netherlands discussion meetings are organized to see how the overall opinion about an experiment with an unconditional social assistance is.
    An experiment with …? Yes this is about an experiment that is brought as a pilot for a Basic Income by the city of Utrecht. This experiment has the format of an unconditional social assistance (benefit).
    The political party GroenLinks (Green Left) claims to be the first party that advocated at national level for a Basic Income. The confusion however was clear from the start. They are talking about making the social assistance benefit free of duties for a certain time (12-24 months) to see whether the participants will find some paid work of they are free of obligations.
    This is clearly not a Basic Income as it is defined.
    Why would communities want to experiment with such a benefit policy?
    Is it to free them from the trap of the Participatory Law (social assistance), in which they are caught by the latest changes? Especially seen the amount of work that DSS’s are overburdened by, it might be a reason to bring these changes in to practice? Is it not true that the initiative for the intended experiment in Utrecht came from the DSS?

    I ask myself: “Why would municipalities like to experiment with an Unconditional Basic Income?”
    Is it all about people? Individuals?
    It does need to involve a group of people that is convinced that the current facilities are inadequate. Some see the current cultural climate as one of laziness or apathy on the one hand, and the law of the jungle on the other. The power of money creates that everybody is suffering? Both the “haves” and “have-nots” ? The production and consumption compulsion? The human dimension is missing within the current cultural climate with all the social and health consequences (see “Spirit Level” by Richard Wilkinson, 2009)?
    Since a long time a group of people has been convinced that a full Unconditional Basic Income can be the solution. But it makes no sense to engage in a contest of who has come first with the idea. The group that carried the torch through the ages, has come together and now strives for the realization of this idea. That group is looking for a way to work it out by established multidisciplinary research under the guidance of experts. Seeing at the same time that opponents argue about it and feel now that it actually makes sense? Knowing that government support is needed also because it needs changes in the financial and social system that we can hardly keep functioning?

    Why should a experiment with a Respectable Basic Income, as a variety next to all the government changes made in education, health care, taxation, infrastructure (railways), road building, construction and privatization where experiments, that must be constantly updated, are used, not include a lesson for the future? It is clear that an experiment or several experiments should be based on good research and afterwards be properly evaluated.
    This is what it should be about. Creating an experiment with a Respectable Basic income is a matter for the whole community. That we should want all together. And if wanted, indeed extended what it delivers to adjust the circle of participants in this experiment(s). Maybe even concentrated in a lifelong term experiment, to be adjusted where, when and how required.

    This article is written by the Secretary of the Dutch Assosiation of Basic Income, Ad Planken and changed a bit for translation.

    Jo Bothmer, coördinator EMIN 2 Netherlands

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s