Bringing together various experts, professionals, academics and diverse entities active in the fight against poverty and social exclusion, the EUROPEAN MINIMUM INCOME NETWORK aimed at building consensus towards the progressive realisation of adequate and accessible minimum income schemes in EU Member States. The EMIN was a two-year project (2013-2014) funded by the European Commission, in line with the European Commission’s Active Inclusion Recommendation of 2008, the Europe 2020 Strategy and in the context of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion. The EMIN network and website however have continued to run See http://emin-eu.net #eminnetwork.
A call from the Commission for further work to raise awareness on the importance of adequate Minimum Income Schemes is expected early in 2016. EAPN with the support of EMIN partners will respond to this call.
To know more about the EUROPEAN MINIMUM INCOME NETWORK and its activities, click on http://emin-eu.net
A short presentation of the project is here
- EAPN European Anti–Poverty Network
- AGE Platform Europe
- FEANTSA European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless
- Belgian Public Administration Planning Service Social Integration, Anti-Poverty Policy and Social Economy Social Integration
- ANSA Agence Nouvelle des Solidarités Actives
- ETUI European Trade Union Institute
- OSE Observatoire social européen
- SIRG Social Inclusion Regional Group
- National Minimum Income Networks (NMIN) in 5 countries led in Belgium by the Belgian Anti-Poverty Network, in Italy by CILAP/EAPN Italy, in Ireland by EAPN Ireland, in Denmark by EAPN Denmark, and in Hungary by EAPN Hungary.
- In the second year of the project all EAPN Networks will be involved.
The Relevance of Minimum Income Schemes in the Fight against poverty and social exclusion
In a context when there is tendency to tighten eligibility for Minimum Income Schemes in many Member States, the Minimum Income Network is a crucial step to maintain a focus on the relevance of adequate and accessible Minimum Income Schemes. More than ever such Schemes represent a lifeline for people experiencing poverty and social exclusion. Minimum Income support is often the only financial support available for people experiencing hardship, both for people who cannot access paid work and for those who have worked and are at the end of their coverage period for unemployment benefits.
Access to adequate Minimum Income Schemes provides a major basis for participating in the life of the community, reconnecting with the world of work and to living a life in dignity. Moreover, it makes a significant contribution to an inclusive recovery from the crisis, by supporting people to support the economy and to re-launch purchasing power and local demand.