At Eurodiaconia we have been following and contributing to the discussions around minimum income at least for the last decade because adequate minimum income (AMI) is at the heart of any realistic, impactful approach at addressing poverty and social exclusion in the European Union.
Eurodiaconia reiterates that adequate minimum income schemes are indispensable to achieve poverty eradication in Europe as stated in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the EU level, the necessity of adequate minimum income schemes is also manifested in the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) with principle 14. Thus, as one concrete outcome of the European Commission’s public consultation on the implementation of the EPSR, Eurodiaconia joins the call for the adoption of an EU Framework Directive on Adequate Minimum Income as a cornerstone of the upcoming action plan to raise the living and working conditions of millions of people currently experiencing poverty or social exclusion. Because access to adequate social protection (incl. MI) or to adequate employment and accessible, affordable quality social services are part of that big package that people need in order to fully participate in society.
Based on that and the fact that the German EU Council presidency (July- December 2020) is expected to present Council conclusions on minimum income in the coming month(s), Eurodiaconia presents this updated position paper, which was originally published in 2015.
To know more about our recommendations on adequate minimum income, have a look at our updated policy paper.