Saturday, January 28, 2023

The European Parliament calls for the minimum income to be at least equal to the poverty risk threshold in EU countries

The European Parliament has urged on Tuesday the Member States of the European Union (EU) to gradually increase their minimum income regimes for people who lack sufficient resources up to a level that is adequate and, at least, equivalent to the national threshold of poverty risk.

The Parliamentary Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) has approved this proposal with 27 votes in favour, 8 against and 9 abstentions, in which they state that they are requesting an adequate European directive on minimum income, with a text that must still be submitted to the vote of the plenary session of the Eurocámara.

The objective of the MEPs is to manage to increase the national minimum income schemes and improve their inclusiveness and accessibility to face the current crisis of the cost of living.

In addition, they have called for ensuring that minimum income plans are made available to anyone who may need them and that disadvantaged social groups, such as the homeless, are not prevented from accessing the plan by bureaucratic obstacles such as proof of address. , bank account or lack of digital skills and resources.

The European Commission already proposed on September 28 a Council recommendation on an adequate minimum income that guarantees active inclusion, which establishes how Member States can modernize their minimum income schemes to make them more effective and reduce poverty and social exclusion in the EU.

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