Tag Archives: Belgium

Europe, 6th International Week of the Basic Income, September 16-22

The Sixth International Week of the Basic Income will take place 16 to 22 September 2013. For its 6th edition, the week of basic income will focus on raising awareness on the European Citizens Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income. Proponents of Unconditional Basic Income in 22 Member States of the European Union have joined their forces to make this

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Belgium: Flemish green party supports basic pension for all

The Flemish green party Groen! has recently suggested the implementation of a basic pension for all in Belgium. According to green MP Wouter De Vriendt (5 August 2013), the amount of such a basic income for the old should be fixed at 1000EUR per month. On top of it, individuals could add a “work bonus” depending on their past work

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Alaluf, Mateo (2013), 'Basic income against the welfare state'

Mateo Alaluf is a Professor of Sociology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels, Belgium. In this opinion piece (in French), he focuses on the renewed interest in basic income throughout Europe, and insists on the fact that basic income is a neo-liberal idea. According to Alaluf, in a basic income society wages would be lower, and retrenchment

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Brussels, Belgium, 15 March 2013: Activation policies for the unemployed, right to work and freedom of work

Following an interdisciplinary perspective (law, history, philosophy and sociology), this international symposium aims to clarify the relationships between activation policies, right to work and freedom of work. One prospective session will discuss two alternatives to the current “activation model”: the basic income guarantee and the employment guarantee (with Yannick Vanderborght from Louvain University, and Phil Harvey from Rutgers University respectively).

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Opinion: Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income

My new book, Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory Of Freedom as the Power to Say No, now has a release date of February 28, 2013. Although I have edited or coauthored six other books, this is the first book I’ve written all by myself. It is also the first published book in which I begin to outline—however tentatively—my

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Libramont (BE), October-November 2012: Three conferences on basic income

The Mouvement Ouvrier Chrétien (a Christian-democratic organization) in the province of Luxembourg (Belgium) organizes no less than three conferences on basic income in October-November 2012, to be held in Libramont. During the first one (October 18, 2012), Yannick Vanderborght will present the main features of the basic income debate. The second one (November 8, 2012) will be devoted to basic

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Ryckaert, Pierre-Yves (2012), Revenu de base… utopie ou nécessité?

This opinion piece is published on the website of the French-speaking RTBF, the Belgian Public Broadcast. Its author, Pierre-Yves Ryckaert, is one of the founders of the Belgian basic income network, which was recently recognized by BIEN (September 2012).  In this piece, Ryckaert briefly summarizes some of the core arguments in favour of a basic income. See: http://www.rtbf.be/info/opinions/detail_revenu-de-base-utopie-ou-necessite?id=7845325 Belgium’s basic

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BIEN offically recognizes three new affiliate networks

During its general assembly of September 16th, 2012, the Basic Income Earth Network has officially recognized three new affiliate networks. BIEN now has no less than 20 affiliates. The three new BIEN national networks are all located in Europe: Belgium: http://basicincome.be/ (available in Dutch, French, German, and English) Finland: http://perustulo.org/ Slovenia: contact address is valerija_korosec@yahoo.com (see also the programme of

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Leuven (BE), 24 September 2012: Lunch seminar on Brazilian pilot project ReCivitas

The HIVA (Research Institute for Work and Society) at Leuven University (Belgium) organizes a lunch seminar with Bruna Augusta Pereira & Marcus Bracaglione dos Santos, founders of the basic income pilot project ReCivitas. Date: 24 september 2012, 12:00 to 13:00 Location: Conferentiezaal HIVA (Parkstraat 47, 3000 Leuven) Registration: please send an email to stan.despiegelaere@kuleuven.be ReCivitas website: http://www.recivitas.org/

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