Today, all EU Member States provide some form of minimum income scheme. However, most fail to guarantee individuals a decent standard of living throughout their life cycle. This is why Social Platform and its member organisations – Eurodiaconia being amongst them – call for an EU Framework Directive on Adequate Minimum Income. A legally binding directive would lay the foundation for a basic social safety net, which will allow everyone to live a life of dignity alongside contributing to the reduction of poverty and social exclusion – through fostering an upward social convergence within and across Member States. At the same time, this Framework Directive would mitigate the immediate and long-term socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, Eurodiaconia together with Social Platform, EAPN and Caritas Europe jointly organised a workshop at last week’s BMAS “Our Social Europe – Strong Together” online conference, focusing on adequate, accessible & enabling minimum income schemes across Europe – the time for action is now.