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More and more pilot programs are being developed to test the idea of Universal Basic around the world. What have been the results and what lessons can we learn from them?

About the event

“The Unconditional Basic Income is a periodic cash transfer granted to all members of a political community, without work requirement nor means-testing, and high enough to ensure an existence in dignity and participation in society”.

During this event, we will analyse some examples of UBI pilot projects that have been developed in recent years as debunk negative stereotypes. The last part of the session will focus on deriving lessons and best practices for a future universal basic income.


The idea of a basic income was, for decades, a utopia. But the last few years have seen it become more and more real, to the point where we now have many basic income pilot programs up and running around the world.

The severity of the pandemic has also highlighted the need to reduce inequalities and protect the most vulnerable. With the crisis generating so much financial loss and uncertainty, and with public stimulus packages failing to meet the needs of millions, we need decisive actions and bold solutions more than ever.


Julen Bollain: Spanish economist specialising in unconditional basic income. Julen is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Mondragón (Basque Country). He is also a PhD student in Development Studies, under the direction of Daniel Raventós. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Basic Income Network and a life member of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). He is one of the protagonists of the documentary on Basic Income “RBUI, our right to live” (2018) together with philosophers, economists, politicians or social activists such as Philippe Van Parijs, Guy Standing or Louise Haagh.

In the 2016 elections to the Basque Parliament Julen Bollain was elected MP for Elkarrekin Podemos. During the 11th legislature he was the coalition’s economic spokesperson, as well as acting as President of the Basque Parliament’s Health Committee

Mike Danson : Professor Mike Danson is an economist, Professor Emeritus of Enterprise Policy, Heriot-Watt University, Visiting Professor in Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has published widely on rural, regional and island economies, microbreweries, minority languages, and many other areas of Scottish economic policy and social development. Chair of Basic Income Network Scotland, Chair of the 2021 BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network) world congress, depute Convenor Jimmy Reid Foundation, Trustee of Nordic Horizons and Community Renewal, Mike was on the Scottish Government’s Just Transition Commission and has advised, national and international organisations: OECD, WHO, EC, trades unions and community groups. Mike is Co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Island Studies. Contact: michael.danson@hw.ac.uk.


Susanne Rieger: Co-president of the Green European Foundation. She has been responsible for European issues and European relations in the Catalan Green foundation Fundació Nous Horitzons (FNH) for the past ten years.


Date and Time: 2nd Nov  (17:00-18:00)
Audience: The webinar is free and open to the general public.
Registration: Please register here.


This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Transición Verde and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of this event.

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