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  • ECB’s Quantitative Easing Must Target the Real Economy

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    The European Central Bank’s quantitative easing plan is doomed to be both ineffective and anti-redistributive. It should target the real economy.

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  • Juncker’s top-down investment plan reveals Commission’s skewed priorities

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    UBI-Europe demands that the EU Commission examine possibilities that would truly benefit those who need it most right now. Basic Income would be a real investment in the future.

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  • Call for participation to our next conference in Maribor

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    Send us contributions for the conference: “UBI as a response to social inequality in Europe” to be held in Maribor, Slovenia, 19th-20th March 2015.

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  • One out of four EU citizens at risk of poverty

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    Almost 25% of the EU’s population, or 122.6 million people, were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2013, the EU’s statistics office Eurostat said on Tuesday (4 November 2014). According to Eurostat, the proportion of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the 28 member states in 2013 (24.5%) has slightly decreased compared with 2012 (24.8%), but is higher than in 2008 (23.8%). Eurostat identifies a person ‘at risk of poverty’ as someone who is living in a household with an equivalised disposable income below the risk-of-poverty threshold, which is set at 60% of the national median equivalised disposable income (after social transfers). In 2013, more […]

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  • UBIE Athens Summit Livestream

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    Turning Crisis into an opportunity for Unconditional Basic Income in Europe. For those, who can’t join us here in Athens, we’ve prepared a link for the live streaming of the conference. Please share the link with friends and interested initiatives. We are sure that we will see you soon somewhere else in Europe! Greetings from- still sunny- Athens!

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  • UBI-Europe gains BIEN affiliation

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    Unconditional Basic Income Europe has successfully applied for being an affiliate of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN).

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  • Participate in the Europe-wide #citysignselfie

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    An Europe-wide initiative aims at a photo-puzzle visualizing the motto of the 7th International Basic Income Week: “Building Social Cohesion in Europe!” The idea is to invite people from all over Europe to make photographs of persons placed beside the town sign or city sign of their place, adding a short personal statement in favour of UBI to the text: “I support basic income because …“! All photographs and statements together will constitute a huge puzzle, which will be printed and published online. A film will show the making of the photo puzzle and will include many of the photos. For more information, visit You can support the 7th Basic […]

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  • Basic Income Week 2014: Building Social Cohesion in Europe

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    Europe is facing increasingly violent conflicts, both within EU countries and on the EU periphery. After six years of recession and four years of austerity imposed by the “troika” bringing record levels of poverty and unemployment, there were street battles involving militants of the far-right Golden Dawn party in Greece last year. In Spain, police clashed with ‘the Marches for Dignity’ protesters in Madrid who yearn for a secure future instead of corruption, government cuts, unemployment and evictions. In several towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina, government and party buildings were burned while a popular revolt against the ruling political caste raised questions of social justice. Opposition conflicts also erupted in […]

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  • Open Letter To All Candidates For The European Parliament

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    May 9th is celebrated as the day of Europe. UBIE wishes to take this opportunity to send an open letter to all candidates to the European elections in order to know how they stand on hte issue of the unconditional basic income. All supporters are invited to spread this letter and send any answers back to us. Given the commitment by the EU to reduce poverty by 20 million by 2020, most people want to know: what will you do to deliver results for people in the European Union? Did you know that according to the most recent data available, around one fourth of the EU population, that is about […]

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  • Crash-testing the European Citizens' Initiative: feedbacks from the basic income movement

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    A paper published by the ECI Campaign describes the experience of the European movement for Unconditional Basic Income with the European Citizens’ Initiative.

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25% of Europeans at Risk of Poverty

eurostatAlmost 25% of the EU’s population, or 122.6 million people, were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2013, the EU’s statistics office Eurostat said on Tuesday (4 November 2014).

Eurostat identifies a person ‘at risk of poverty’ as someone who is living in a household with an equivalised disposable income below the risk-of-poverty threshold, which is set at 60% of the national median equivalised disposable income (after social transfers).

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Myths and facts about Unconditional Basic Income

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What is Basic Income

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An Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) is an income unconditionally granted to all members of a political community on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement. Unlike existing minimum income schemes in european countries, UBI is universal, individual, unconditional, and high enough to ensure an existence in dignity and participation in society.

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What is UBIE

D_member_ubie_bw_stylized_on_blue_centeredUnconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE) is a network of organisations and individuals who have different cultures, languages, social interests and political and religious or philosophical background, but sharing the common view presented here that a Unconditional Basic Income is a sustainable a long term solution for our societies.

Therefore we work together to promote the idea of a unconditional basic income until we get its implementation everywhere in Europe, and its recognition as a Universal Human Right. UBIE connects activists from 25 European countries. We organise events, coordinate campaigns to push the unconditional basic income.

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Our History

logo-UBIEUBIE stems from a European Citizens’ Initiative which started in April 2012 and ended in january 2014 after having collected more than 300,000 signatures in the European Union. The organisers of the initiative decided to move one step further by establishing an official network and pursue our goal to get the basic income implemented everywhere in Europe

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