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opencollective-ubieUBIE is officially registered as an international non-profit organisation in Belgium. We are ready to take the idea of basic income to a new level, and you can help us do this.

Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE) advocates for the implementation of Basic Income in Europe. In 2013, we collected 300,000 signatures across all EU member countries for this cause, and our alliance grew out of this effort.

UBIE connects over 200 active members from 25 countries across the continent. They invest great amounts of their time, energy and money into organising regular meetings in cities all over Europe, developing projects to promote basic income and raising public awareness as well as support among decision makers. As a result, basic income is now on the agenda in the policy debates of many European countries.

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Sep 19 – Sep 25 all-day worldwide
The 9th international Basic Income Week will be held from 19th until 25th of september 2016.   For all information and acivities, go to the international website (function(){var d=document,s=d.createElement('script'), i='ai1ec-script';if(d.getElementById(i))return;s.async=1;;s.src='//'; d.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(s);})();
Oct 1 @ 10:00 – 20:00 Catholic University of Louvain, Auditoire Montesquieu 01
Commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the creation of BIEN (Louvain-la-Neuve, September 1986), with the participation of several founding members, including  the Collectif Charles Fourier, Annie MILLER, Claus OFFE, Gérard ROLAND, Guy STANDING, Walter VAN[...]
Oct 14 – Oct 16 all-day
The next UBIE network meeting will take place in Madrid, 14-16 October, hosted by Renta Basica Ya in Spain. The other Spanish Basic Income networks will also be involved. Please reserve these dates, more details[...]

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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


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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  • Finnish basic income experiment: Fear of the consequences September 2, 2016
    Finland's Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has just published a press release, announcing an experiment based on a partial basic income (800 €/month), instead of a full basic income (1000 €/month). The post Finnish basic income experiment: Fear of the consequences appeared first on BIEN.
  • UK: Trades Union Congress to vote on UBI motion August 28, 2016
    The 148th annual UK Trades Union Congress will be held this year in Brighton from September 11 to 14 — and will include a vote on whether to endorse universal basic income. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is, as it were, a “union of unions”. As the TUC itself puts it, “Just as individual workers […]
  • Finland: Governmental announcement for the basic income experiment: the ministry’s comments, experts’ concerns August 27, 2016
    As we’ve already reported here, Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has announced their most recent move in a plan to launch a basic income experiment. On 25th August the Ministry canvassed for the Finnish public’s opinion on a bill regarding a basic income experiment. Here is a follow up with the Ministry’s comments and […]
  • BOOK: Dick Pels, A Heart for Europe July 5, 2016
    In his latest book, A Heart for Europe, the sociologist and freelance writer Dick Pels makes a case for basic income as part of a new European project; the book is available for free download. The post BOOK: Dick Pels, A Heart for Europe appeared first on BIEN.
  • S. Gobetti, L. Santini: The Crisis of Labour, Widespread Precarity and Basic Income July 3, 2016
    Article by Luca Santini and Sandro Gobetti (BIN Italia), published on Cadmus journal Vol. 2 Issue 6 may 2016. Abstract A feeling of uncertainty about the future as well as the perception that the past classical securities are gone are widely spread among people. Criticism or disaffection affects the majority of the traditional political forces of the European continent. It […]
  • What should the level of basic income be in 24 European & OECD countries? June 20, 2016
    The level of Basic Income (BI) is a matter of heated debate in discussions of BI for national implementation, investigating the level at which BI would be ‘high enough’. There is also growing dispute regarding ‘partial’ vs. ’full’ BI. This was the central topic of investigation at this year’s BI conference in Maastricht in January. […]
  • FRANCE: the Senate gets into the swing of things June 10, 2016
    The French Senate will investigate basic income and deliver a report by fall. The post FRANCE: the Senate gets into the swing of things appeared first on BIEN.