New ESPN Report on Minimum Income Schemes in Europe

18/03/2016 – The European Social Policy Network (ESPN) has just published a major new report, Minimum Income Schemes in Europe: a Study of National Policies. The report finds that minimum income (MI) schemes play a vital role in alleviating the worst impacts of poverty and social exclusion in many countries. However, in too many countries MI schemes still fall short of ensuring a decent life for the most vulnerable in society. Progress in improving them in recent years has been disappointing. Continue reading

Europe’s austerity catastrophe and need for EU framework on minimum income – Listen to OSE Director on BBC

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

EMIN takes part in Euranetplus debate on “do we need minimum wages in the European Union?”

2015-citizens-corner-Anne-van-Lancker06/05/2015 – 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