Use of Reference Budgets for policy development

The European Minimum Income Network (EMIN) brings together representatives of Administration and stakeholders from 8 countries to share ideas and practice about the use of reference budgets for policy purposes.  Antwerp University is hosting and supporting the exchange of practice on 18 and 19 September. The Reference budgets being spoken about are priced baskets of goods and services that are needed to live in dignity and to participate in the society. The meeting will discuss current approaches to the use of Reference budgets and their comparability. The meeting will also discuss the use of Reference budgets for the assessment of benefit levels, for debt counselling, and for development of individual support services.  A full report of the meeting and the recommendations developed will be available www.emin-eu.net in the near future.

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European Parliament Draft Report on Minimum Income Schemes

The European Parliament is drafting a new report on Minimum Income Schemes as a tool to fight poverty. The rapporteur for the report is Italian MEP Laura Agea. See the draft report EP Draft Report, Minimum Income policies as a tool for fighting poverty Feb 2017 Fintan Farrell Project Manager EMIN, spoke in the Parliament hearing on the Draft Report. See his presentation Presentation EP 28 Feb 2017 Amendments to the report were due for 14 March. EMIN project partners EAPN and ETUC will follow the development of the report carefully.

See how your MEPs have voted!

To see how your MEPs voted on the Minimum Income amendment in their report on A European Pillar of Social Rights (Rapporteur -Maria João Rodrigues MEP) see votes-mi-amendment-social-pillar-report: pages 46 and 47.  Please note there are still some days for corrections if voting is not recorded correctly. You may get the chance to speak with your MEPs to understand better why they voted they way they did and to continue to build the conversation with them about the importance of adequate and accessible Minimum Income Schemes.

European Parliament support for actions to ensure adequate minimum income schemes

The European Parliament accepted the following amendment in their report on A European Pillar of Social Rights (Rapporteur -Maria João Rodrigues MEP):  “Highlights the importance of adequate minimum income schemes for maintaining human dignity and combating poverty and social exclusion, as well as their role as a form of social investment enabling people to participate in society, and to undertake training and/or look for work; invites the Commission and the Member States to assess minimum income schemes in the European Union, including whether the schemes enable households to meet their needs; invites the Commission and the Member States to evaluate on this basis the manner and the means of providing an adequate minimum income in all Member States and to consider further steps in support of social convergence across the European Union, taking into account the economic and social circumstances of each Member State, as well as national practices and traditions;

The amendment was proposed by the Green, Social and Democrats and GUE groups and passed with the support of some members of the ALDE and EPP group.  This is a good basis of support for the work of the EMIN 2 project (2017-2018). A big thanks to EAPN mmebers and other civil society actors who engaged their MEPs to ensure support for this amendment.

Want to know the latest Information re Minimum Income Schemes in Malta, Luxembourg and Sweden?

Please see attached the National Reports prepared under the EMIN project for the countries of Malta, Luxembourg and Sweden. These reports present information and comments on: 1) latest developments in relation to Minimum Income Schemes, 2) Assessments of the schemes in relation to their adequacy, coverage and take-up, and the link to accessible services and inclusive employment (in line with he EU Active Inclusion Recommendation).  Perhaps the central part of the reports, is the identification of obstacles to accessible and adequate Minimum Income Schemes, the identification of steps to overcome these obstacles and the efforts made to build collaboration between different actors to support the implementation of the proposed steps.  Continue reading

Invite to register for EMIN European Conference

We have now completed 30 National Conferences on Minimum Income Schemes and two thematic reports: 1) On ‘Not Take Up’ done by FEANTSA and 2) ‘Adequacy of Incomes for Older people’ done by AGE- Platform.

You are now invited to register for the final Conference (of phase one of the project) which will be held in Brussels on Thursday 11 December from 13.30 to 18.00. The outcome of the work will be presented and other key actors will be present and contribute; on how to build momentum for adequate Minimum Income Schemes.

See attached document for more information _Conference Programme. A more detailed programme will be available later.

Register be sending an email with your name and organisation to sigrid.dahmen@eapn.eu before 31 November.