EMIN Ireland 2013 Report now available

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.

EMIN Ireland Year 1 Report Final

Signs of Spring for Minimum Income in Italy

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

[1]              For the list of participants and any other information see: http://www.redditogarantito.it/#!/adesioni

What’s happening to Minimum Income Schemes in Denmark?

The Year One (2013) report from the Danish Minimum Income Netwrok is now public.  In the report you find a wealth of information about developments in relation to Minimum Income Schemes in Denmark.

The Report shows that the trends are leading in one direction, away from classical Danish and Nordic social welfare based on equality and solidarity to something else. It also shows that within the population there is still a very strong attachment to the Danish Welfare model. What the ‘something else’ that is driving the changes and underpins the new ‘model’ has become a question, which is very important to answer. The aim of the study is therefore not only to describe on-going developments, but also to contribute answers to where the developments should go in the future.    Access full Report here: Danish EMIN – Year 1 Report 2013 – final

Important background work that has fed into the current debates and projects on Minimum Income in the EU

EAPN Irl led EU Social Standards Project (2007)

This project which was supported by the PROGRESS programme and lead by EAPN Irl, had NGO and Governmental partners from 7 countries. It was one of the first reports to make a case for an EU Directive on Adequate Minimum Income.  See the final report of the project here 

EU Project Standard Budgets (2009)

The transnational project “Standard Budgets” was also supported by PROGRESS money and aimed to develop and strengthen the instruments that are needed to (better) use Reference Budgets. Under the supervision of Nibud (Austria), national reference budgets were developed in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria and Spain, Finland and Germany.  Information on this project can be found at www.referencebudgets.eu

EAPN Major Conference in the 2010 Year Against Poverty

As part of EAPNs campaign for adequate minimum income EAPN with EAPN Belgium held a major conference during the 2010 Year against Poverty. Starting from the experiences of people living on a minimum income, the conference engaged in a timely review of the role of minimum income in promoting a better life for all, and review the progress made, in the context of the European Year against Poverty and Social Exclusion. The aim was to press for concrete proposals which can ensure an adequate minimum income as a lasting legacy from the 2010 year. A draft framework for an EU directive on Minimum Income including the proposal of a legal base for such a directive was presented. For more info see here




Background Papers for the 2013 European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty

This report brings together the preparation work that was done by the delegations for the 2013 meeting. It is important to note that this work was done on a voluntary basis and the methodology used was very different from country to country. Some drew on existing work, some completed exercise with delegations some worked with particular individuals and NGOs.  Therefore while very interesting information can be drawn from this work it is not possible to make direct comparisons between the different country reports.  Such a document would require more resources and time to develop.    It points to the importance of the work identified in the Social Investment Package to develop common principals and methodologies for the development of Reference Budgets. To feed the exchanges at the 2013 European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty, National delegations were asked to make preparatory reports on 1) Reference Budgets, 2) Impact of the crisis and 3) Relevant practices.

Access the report here. Comments and reactions on the report are welcome.


Report of Minimum Income Seminar held in Paris 9 December 2013

Four key issues emerged from the discussions at the seminar as crucial in developing effective minimum income schemes.  These are: defining adequacy and regular uprating of payments, ensuring coverage, addressing non-take-up and integrating minimum income into an active inclusion approach.  Building consensus to make progress on these four areas is crucial to the work of the EMIN project.

Drawing conclusions from the seminar, Hugh Frazer Adjunct Professor, National University of Ireland said: “The amount of resources required to establish adequate minimum income schemes is, in the totality of things, quite small.  However, it is also clear from what people have said at this seminar that what the EMIN is about is also not a small thing – it is a very big thing.  It is about building a fairer, more inclusive, less unequal Europe which guarantees decent and dignified social standards for all.  Adequate minimum income schemes are an important step in achieving such a vision and if we do not achieve this vision I fear that we will not much longer have a social Europe and indeed a European Union at all.”

Access the full report of the seminar here

EESC opinion on Minimum Income calls for a European Framework Directive

On the 10th December the EESC opinion on minimum income and poverty indicators, an own initiative report (SOC/482) promoted by Mr Dassis (Workers Group II/Greece) with co-rapporteur Mr Boland (Various interests – GR III/Ireland) was approved in the plenary session. EAPN has been actively involved in providing input to the opinion, in two hearings and by written input. The opinion was presented by the EESC in the EMIN seminar in Paris on the 9th October. The opinion includes a call for ‘’ a European framework directive that would extend minimum income schemes to all Member States, improve the adequacy of existing schemes, taking into account national contexts’.. the proposed directive should ‘ set common standards and indicators’ and to examine the funding possibilities for a European Minimum Income in particular setting up an appropriate European Fund’. It builds on the demand made by Committee of the Regions opinion on the European Platform Against Poverty (OJ C 1666, 7.6.2011 p.18). The EESC opinion can be accessed in MS languages at: http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.soc-opinions.26780

Access opinion in English EESC Opinion on Minimum Income

See here Synthesis Report of the Analysis of Minimum Income Schemes in 5 EU Member States

The EMIN coordinator in each of the 5 countries (Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland and Italy) chosen for an in-depth analysis of their national situations, have produced a national report on the current state of play on minimum income schemes in terms of adequacy, coverage and take-up in their country.

The reports build on the national expertise of EAPN and EMIN partners, with other sources, in particular on the 2009 reports of the national independent experts on social inclusion and their 2013 reports on active inclusion and on recent MISSOC data. The national teams also added value to these data through a bottom-up approach through national consultations.

The reports also identify good and unsatisfactory practices related to adequacy, coverage and take-up of minimum income schemes. Consensus is being sought with relevant actors in order to identify initial practical steps towards progressive realisation of adequate and accessible minimum income schemes in Member States.

This process is still continuing. The identification of relevant steps to be taken will be a key outcome of the dialogue that is taking place with relevant stakeholders.

Based on the experience of developing these reports in the 5 identified countries, reports will be produced in 26 remaining countries (all EU Member States plus Serbia, Iceland, FYROM and Norway). This synthesis report presents some common findings from the 5 pilot countries, but also highlights the differences in the state-of play.

This report will also be used to identify common trends and prepare the ground for the European follow up in terms of proposals on common EU definitions, criteria and possible next steps for further cooperation on the theme at EU level.

See the report here: EMIN-analysis-of-MI-schemes-in-5-countries-Synthesis-Report-November-2013

Exchange of Practice on Minimum Income Schemes – report available!

The European Minimum Income Network (EMIN) held a Peer Review in October 2011 between the 5 selected countries in the EMIN project (Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland and Italy).
The review looked at issues to do with adequacy, coverage and take up of Minimum Income Schemes as well as proposing steps that could be taken for the progressive realization of adequate Minimum Income Schemes.
Perspective on these topics were also brought to the discussion from the partners in the project.  This report presents the findings and discussions that were part of this Peer Review.  Comments on the report and the proposals would be welcomed.