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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before 31 November.
It is not possible for EAPN Greece to take a clear position, supporting or rejecting the pilot initiative, given the lack of clarity surrounding the announcement of the pilot Minimum Guaranteed Income (MGI) scheme. We have a positive stance towards the introduction of a MGI scheme, we have fought for it over many years, but we wait to see the final legal framework (the Ministerial Act) and the conditions of the pilot phase, to express more clearly our position.
In the press release we raise our strong concerns. We also call for the establishment of a consultation procedures with the civil society, including EAPN Greece, during the ‘piloting stage’ to monitor its implementation, aiming at its optimization and efficiency. The absence of a consultation procedure so far, has prevented a better understanding of the various aspects concerning the proposed MGI, and is a missed opportunity to draw on the experience of NGOs and others to maximise the possibility to have a successful scheme.
The social platform, brings together over 40 European level organizations and Networks. Read their position paper calling for an EU Directive on Minimum Income here Social Platform_Position Paper_Directive-Minimum-Income
Please see below the 2013 report from EMIN Ireland. The report assess the strengths and weaknesses of the current Minimum Income Schemes in Ireland, identifies obstacles to implementing adequate and accessible minimum income schemes and presents a road map for the progressive realization of adequate schemes in Ireland. This report and the road map will be the subject of a conference organised by EMIN Ireland to be held in Dublin on Wednesday 18 June.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) release a new report on Social Protection. ITUC describes social protection as “essential for social justice and inclusion, strong democracies, equitable growth and resilience during crises”. The report gives an overview of social protection and social assistance – looking at minimum income in a global context and linking it to the inequality debate. Access the report ITUC Frontlines April 2014 Social Protection – A key to a fair society
The Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs that will take place in Athens, Greece, on April 29-30, will discuss “Economic recovery and social policies: the role of minimum income schemes”. The Social Platform will have a delegation who will meet with the Ministers to exchange on this topic.
The position paper prepared by the Social Platform for this meeting draws on the work of EAPN and the EMIN project and calls on all member states to put in place adequate minimum income schemes that are accessible for all that need them. The right to an adequate minimum income should be recognised as a fundamental right and should enable people to live a life in dignity, support their full participation in society and ensure their independence across the life cycle. The Platform position states that to achieve a level playing field across Europe, an EU framework directive on Adequate Minimum Income Schemes should be adopted that establishes common principles, definitions of adequacy, and methods.
Please use your contacts and networks to draw attention to this important discussion.
See the full Platform contribution here: Social Platform Contribution_informal EPSCO_Greece
This Friends of Europe background report, entitled ‘A European Social Union: 10 tough nuts to crack’ is intended as a stimulus to widen the debate about the European Union’s social policy options once a new European Commission and European Parliament are in place, and is a basis for discussion by the 30 or so senior experts who make up the Friends of Europe Social Europe High-Level Group. This High-Level Group of authoritative and representative voices is comprised of social partners, independent experts and high profile political actors.
The report is authored by Frank Vandenbroucke, chair of Friends of Europe’s High-Level Group. It is published as his personal view of the social challenges that confront the EU, and their possible solutions. Frank Vandenbroucke served as Belgium’s former Minister for Employment, Pensions and Social Affairs and as Deputy Prime Minister. Frank is now a Professor at the Universities of Leuven, Antwerp and Amsterdam. Bart Vanhercke, co-author of the report, is Director of the European Social Observatory (OSE) and affiliated at the University of Leuven.
One of the 10 tough nuts to crack is dentified as Increasing the effectiveness of minimum income protection by EU initiatives?
Access the report here: A European Social Union – 10 tough nuts to crack
On Thursday 3 April the Commission organised, with the presence of the Greek Presidency of the European Council, an important conference on Minimum Income Schemes under the title “Addressing Social Divergence in European Societies – Improving Minimum Income Supports”. The Conference had important presentations on the developments with Minimum Income Schemes in Greece, Romania, Cyprus, Barcelona, France, Netherlands and Latvia. Reflections were also made on the role of Business and presentations were given from relevant projects and reflections in the academic community. To know more about the Conference see http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=88&eventsId=982&furtherEvents=yes
Mr Micel Servoz, the new Director General of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in his presentation on a way forward on Minimum Income Schemes stressed the importance of ensuring that the topic is treated as part of the Europe 2020 strategy. Fintan Farrell, Coordinator of the EMIN project, presented the road map emerging form the project on the progressive realisation of adequate Minimum Income Schemes. See his input here EMIN Input Commission Conference 3 April 2014
Please see attached the year 1 report (2013) from the Italian Minimum Income Network. Italy remains one of the few European Union countries without a National framework for Minimum Income Schemes. However the report tells of many new initiatives to change this situation. One of the most important of such initiatives is the one that saw the engagement of more than 170 social organisations and associations that collected more than 50,000 signatures throughout Italy, asking for the approval of the citizens’ legislative initiative for a universal guaranteed minimum income. The proposal was elaborated and promoted by the Campaign’s promoters, CILAP – EAPN Italia included, and was delivered to the President of the House of Representatives in order to be discussed in the Parliament. The report also outlines draft laws submitted by: SEL (Left Ecology and Freedom – left); PD (Democratic Party – center-left); Movimento 5 Stelle (Movement 5 Stars – independent). The developments and evolution of regional schemes are also highlighted. The Italian EMIN Network will work to try to ensure that these Spring shoots develop into fully fledged adequate Minimum Income Schemes. Read the EMIN Italy Report 2013