On 23 January 2017, the Council of Europe in an assembly voted in favor of a Resolution concerning basic income. A clear majority of the participants voted in favor of the policy (52%), while 36% voted against it and 13% abstained.
European Basic Citizenship Income
The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development delivered a report on the 5th of January 2018 with title “The case for a basic citizenship income”
“With poverty and increasing inequalities persistently undermining human dignity, most European countries are
struggling to ensure a decent standard of living for all.
Basic, or citizenship, income is a form of social security
that can provide each citizen with a regular sum of money to live on.
Defined as universal, individual,
unconditional and sufficient to ensure living in dignity and participation in society, it would help relieve absolute poverty whilst removing disincentives to work.
It could supplement earnings for those engaged in nonstandard
forms of work and job-sharing, and the underemployed.
Introducing a basic income could guarantee equal opportunities for all more effectively than the existing patchwork of social benefits, services and programmes.
However, given the practical difficulties of such a
radical change in social policy, an in-depth debate is necessary in each country to determine the modalities for such a permanently guaranteed income and the ways of funding it as part of a new social contract between citizens and the State.
The report therefore puts forward a series of recommendations to member
States, inviting them to study the past and present initiatives of field-testing basic income at all levels and enhance support to vulnerable categories of the population” – the report says.