This result came from a vote on an amendment to the recent report on minimum income schemes by Ilda Figueiredo MEP. However, 344 members of the Parliament voted against this amendment.
“The fact that, at this stage, the proposal received such large support from the Members of the Parliament gives us great encouragement to continue this campaign on Adequate Minimum Income”, said Ludo Horemans, President of EAPN.
“The adoption of a framework Directive on Adequate Minimum Income schemes would send a clear signal that the European Union is serious about its commitment to reach its poverty-reduction target announced in the Europe 2020 Strategy”, said Fintan Farrell, Director of EAPN. “It would be a confidence-building measure that the EU is driving cooperation to develop and defend a European social welfare model and not just expressing more nice words about the European Social Model”, added Fintan Farrell.
The final version of the Report which contains many useful proposals about how to strengthen Minimum Income Schemes was adopted by a large majority.
- Download here the press release in PDF.
To know which way your Members of Parliament voted, please see page 178 of the European Parliament Minutes of Proceedings – Result of roll-call votes – Annex ref. PE 51.904.
- Previous EAPN press release “Belgian and Hungarian Presidencies commit to making progress on the adequacy of minimum income schemes” (27.09.2010)
- Final version of the report by Ilda Figuereido MEP.
- EAPN’s working document on a European Framework Directive on Minimum Income
- Adequate minimum income in brief! EAPN’s 4-page leaflet summarises what ‘minimum income schemes for all’ mean and EAPN demands
- EAPN’s explainer on the adequacy of minimum income
- EAPN’s Campaign website on minimum income
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