The overall aim of EMIN 2 project is the progressive realisation of the right to adequate, accessible and enabling Minimum Income Schemes for people of working age.
The project gathers informal networks of organisations and individuals such as anti-poverty NGOs, Trade Unions, women’s organisations and experts, professionals and academics all active in the fight against social exclusion.
EMIN 2 is organised at EU and national levels, in all the Member States of the European Union and also in Iceland, Norway, Macedonia (FYROM) and Serbia.
The project receives funding from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) to develop its work in the EU Member States and at EU level.
What are Minimum Income Schemes?
Minimum Income Schemes are defined as income support schemes which provide a safety net for those, whether in or out of work, that have insufficient means of financial support and are not eligible for insurance based social benefits or whose entitlements to these have expired. They are last resort schemes, which are intended to ensure a minimum standard of living for the concerned individuals and their dependents.
Minimum Income should not be confused with the idea of Basic Income.
The two terms Minimum Income and Basic Income are often confused. Basic income is sometimes referred to as a ‘citizen income’ or ‘national’, ‘social’ or ‘citizen dividend’.
The idea of Basic Income (BI) is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to everyone legally resident on an individual basis without means-test or work requirements. Presently there is a lot of attention to the notion of Basic Income but it remains an idea rather than a practice.
Tasks for the EMIN 2 project:
- Strengthening the EMIN Networks and networking at EU and National Levels
- Building awareness that adequate and accessible incomes are not only good for the people who directly benefit but also for the whole of society
- Ensuring progress through engaging in relevant policy debates and initiatives at EU and National levels
EAPN European Anti-Poverty Network
ETUC European Trade Union Institute
Belgian Federal Public Service Social Integration, anti-Poverty Policy, Social Economy and Federal Urban Policy
UA University of Antwerp
The National EMIN Networks
The EU Level Supporters Group – open to organisations and actors committed to ensuring adequate and accessible Minimum Income Schemes
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