Ensure an Adequate Minimum Income for all!

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 24 out of 27 Member States have Minimum Income schemes in place at this present time, but there are serious flaws with their accessibility and their adequacy. Here you will find EAPN and EU documents on Minimum Income  together with  information on events and national involvement related to Minimum Income. 

EAPN and Minimum Income
Minimum Income schemes in Europe

Active Inclusion process - EU documents

Key events

National involvement


EAPN and Minimum Income

What EAPN wants: A brief overview of our main concerns and demands regarding adequate minimum income schemes.

Myths and Realities: A paper by Prof John Veit-Wilson, offering strong arguments in favour of the idea of an adequate minimum income for a decent and dignified level of living for all.

Minimum Income Schemes Overview: A document mapping out the different situations in Member States regarding the accessibility, affordability, amount and conditionality attached to Minimum Income schemes, based on MISSOC statistics.

Adequacy explainer: A document presenting the definitions and challenges attached to the notion of “adequacy” and what we propose in terms of calculating “decent” minimum income schemes.

Adequate minimum income in brief: EAPN's 4-page leaflet summarises what 'minimum income schemes for all' mean and EAPN demands.

"Laying the foundations for a fairer Europe": EAPN & BAPN Conference report, September 2010.

Proposal for an EU Framework Directive on Minimum Income made by Anne Van Lancker, Consultant for EAPN.

An EU Directive on Adequate Minimum Income: A legal assessment written for EAPN by law firm 'Sérvulo Associados'

"Delivering Results on Active Inclusion": EAPN Key Messages for the Round Table on Poverty and Social Exclusion (Marseilles, 15-16 October 2008)

Report of EAPN seminar on Active Inclusion, Paris, June 2008.

Minimum Income schemes in Europe

New Report on Minimum Income Schemes across EU Member States - October 2009
Hugh Frazer and Eric Marlier, of the European Network of National Independent Experts on Social Inclusion, have cosigned a new report on minimum income schemes across the EU, which EAPN considers to be a reference document, both for its clarity and comprehensiveness.

Active Inclusion process - EU documents

European Parliament report on the role of minimum income in combating poverty and promoting an inclusive society in Europe, by Ilda Figueiredo, EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, July 2010.

European Parliament report on the active inclusion of people excluded from the labour market, by Jean Lambert, EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, 2008.

European Parliament report on promoting social inclusion and combating poverty, including child poverty, in the EU, by Gabriele Zimmer, EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, April 2008.

Council Conclusions on common active inclusion principles to combat poverty more effectively, Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council meeting, December 2008.

Recommendation from the Commission to the Council on the active inclusion of people excluded from the labour market, October 2008.

Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Modernising social protection for greater social justice and economic cohesion: taking forward the active inclusion of people furthest from the labour market, October 2007.

Council Recommendations 92/441/CEE of 24 June 1992 on common criteria concerning sufficient resources and social assistance in social protection systems.

Key events

BAPN/EAPN Conference on Minimum Income Schemes - Brussels - 24 September 2010.

7th European Round Table on Poverty and Social exclusion - "Active inclusion strategy for the people furthest from the labour market" - Marseilles - 15-16 October 2008.

Minimum income schemes and the integration of people excluded from the labour market - Active inclusion - Stakeholder Conference - 15 June 2007 – Brussels.

Sixth Meeting of People experiencing poverty, "Exit from Poverty and Exclusion - Strengthening Progress, drafting next steps" - 4 to 5 May 2007 – Brussels.

National involvement

Los sistemas de rentas mínimas en España y la Unión Europea: un análisis comparado, by María Martínez Torres Departamento de Economía Aplicada VI, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Tell me about living  on minimum income in Slovakia... EAPN Slovakia produced an explanatory sheet on what it is to live on minimum income, on the occasion of EAPN/BAPN's conference on adequate minimum income schemes.

Not everyone has access to a dignified life.