Building on from previous GEF projects, this 2019 project will continue to explore the debates on Basic Income as a solution to increasing inequality in European societies.

Project Background

This project was kicked off in 2017 with a series of events across Europe exploring Universal Basic Income (UBI), bringing together various partner foundations and UBI experts, from Belgium, Catalonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Throughout 2018, partners continued to work extensively on the topic with a follow-up project entitled Basic Income for all European Citizens?, in which an expert group met twice and discussed issues surrounding UBI and produced a publication featuring different perspectives on the debates.

Project Objectives and Activities

The aim of the Basic Income project in 2019 is to disseminate the results of the work done in 2018, via four conferences across Europe. All of the conferences will have the same format and focus on a specific angle of Basic Income, considering pros and cons. Possible proposed topics include youth, women, and social movements.

As social inequalities across Europe are increasing, new forms of social security and solidarity are urgently needed. This project will elevate the debate on Basic Income in Europe and at the same time inform those within the project and beyond on the possibilities, limitations and options of a UBI.

The public events, alongside internal meetings and roundtables throughout the year are set to deliver a concrete set of recommendations that can feed into the discussion on the way forward for the European green movement regarding UBI.

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