European Parliament on UBI

03.05.2012

European Parliament hosted a round table on Unconditional Basic Income. During a two day event, that was held between April 26th- 27th 2012 an international group of Basic Income supporters discussed THE EUROPEAN CITIZENS' INITIATIVE (ECI) conserning introduction of Universal Basic Income in European Union. It is expected that signature collection will start right after the September's BIEN conference in Munich. Slovenian Section for UTD is joining in! 

 

What is ECI?


It's a new form of public participation in European Union policy shaping introduced by the Lisbon Treaty begining on 1. April 2012. The ECI allows 1 million citizens from at least one quarter of the EU Member States to invite the European Commission to bring forward proposals for legal acts in areas where the Commission has the power to do so. The organisers of a citizens' initiative, a citizens' committee composed of at least 7 EU citizens who are resident in at least 7 different Member States, have 1 year to collect the necessary statements of support. The number of statements of support has to be certified by the competent authorities in the Member States. The Commission then has 3 months to examine the initiative and decide how to act on it.