By European Minimum Income Network (EMIN)
2 Buses, 32 Countries, 64 days, over 120 events and over a thousand volunteers for Guaranteed Minimum Income Schemes.
On 24 April the EMIN partners, together with experts by experience, Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, Mairead McGuinness, (Vice President European Parliament), more than 20 civil society organisations, members of the European Parliament, Axelle Red, and many other supporterslaunched the EMIN bus tour.
With this tour, we want to raise awareness and campaign for the progressive realisation of well-designed Minimum Income Schemes: guaranteeing income support for everybody who needs it, for as long as they need it, enough to live a life in dignity and fully participate in society, adapted to the cost of living in every European country.
Although all European member states have some kind of minimum income scheme, none of them can be considered to be fully adequate, accessible and enabling.
Fintan Farrell, EMIN Project Manager: “The EMIN bus journey is a journey to promote real democracy. A democracy that can deliver the maximum good for the maximum number of people. Guaranteed access to decent income through accessible minimum income schemes is the base on which we can build such a democracy.”
Alias Onyadon, Expert by Experience, Belgium: increasing social minimums to an adequate level would have a real impact on the daily life of people experiencing poverty and on society. Especially in the current context of failure of policies to fight against poverty, we need an increase in social investment more than ever.
Cidalia Barriga, Expert by Experience, Portugal.: “The minimum income scheme was clearly not enough but it allowed me to feed my children and to ensure they could continue with their education”
The progressive realisation of these Guaranteed Minimum Income schemes would have a huge impact on the fight against poverty: not only the people who need these schemes, but society as a whole would benefit from it!
Follow our adventures on www.eminbus.eu and sign our petition https://you.wemove.eu/campaigns/Guaranteed-Minimum-Income-Scheme
The European Minimum Income Network (EMIN) is an informal Network of organisations and individuals committed to achieve the progressive realisation of the right to adequate, accessible and enabling Minimum Income Schemes. EMIN unites various experts, professionals, academics and diverse entities active in the fight against poverty and social exclusion.