Tag Archives: Belgium

European Citizen's Initiative: Belgian TV reports on basic income

In a lengthy documentary about the European Union, the Belgium French-speaking TV Channel RTBF reported on the European Citizen’s Initiative on basic income, which is about to be launched. The report includes an interview with Philippe Van Parijs, and a discussion with Belgian citizens who are actively involved in the preparation of the initiative, such as Pierre-Yves Ryckaert. The video

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Brussels (BE), 27 June 2012: launch meeting of Belgium's basic income network

The Basic Income European Network (BIEN) was founded in Belgium in 1986. But until now Belgium itself had no national basic income network. This could change, thanks to the initiative of Dutch-, French- and German-speaking activists, who have organized a meeting in Brussels in order to launch a national network. An invitation has been circulated through social networks, and a

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Charleroi (BE), 7 June 2012: Roland Duchâtelet on a sustainable economy

In the late 1990’s, Belgian businessman Roland Duchâtelet founded ‘Vivant’, a single-issue political movement focused on the introduction of a basic income in Belgium. Even if ‘Vivant’ never became a significant political force, Duchâtelet kept promoting basic income at various occasions. On June 7, 2012, he will give a conference on the following topic: “How can we build an harmonious

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Brussels (BE), 27 avril 2012: Guy Standing on "The Precariat"

This talk by Guy Standing is organized within the framework of the monthly Forum of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI). ETUI is the independent research and training centre of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). Briefing: At the April gathering of ETUI’s Monthly Forum Guy Standing will present his new book The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class which provides

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Namur (Belgium), 17 March 2012: Basic income and solidarity

At the initiative of several green movements, this event will (among other things) include a projection of “Basic Income”, the documentary by Daniel Häni et Enno Schmidt, and a debate between basic income supporter Philippe Defeyt (former leader of the green party Ecolo) and basic income critic Bernard Friot (French sociologist and expert in issues of social protection). This event

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Philippe Van Parijs gets prestigious award

The Belgian Ark Award for Free Speech (in Dutch: “Ark Prijs van het vrije woord”) was created in 1951 by Flemish intellectuals who were opposing restrictions to freedom of expression. In the past decades, it was awarded to several prominent intellectuals, mainly Flemish writers and artists. On May 25, the 2011 Prize was awarded to Philippe Van Parijs (UCLouvain), one

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EUROPEAN UNION: EU-Parliament in favour of adequate minimum income

In October 2010, the Parliament of the European Union has adopted a non-legislative resolution on the role of minimum income in combating poverty and promoting an inclusive society in Europe, partly thanks to the lobbying by several European Basic Income groups and networks, as well as by the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN). The resolution was adopted by 437 votes to

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NAMUR (BE), 31 March 2011: Conference on the Universal Grant

This conference on basic income (“allocation universelle”, or universal grant, in French) was organized by the Walloon federation of social assistance services (CPAS) and the Union of Walloon cities (UVCW). A panel of four speakers discussed the idea. Two proponents of basic income, Philippe Defeyt (Green Party and head of a social assistance service) and Yannick Vanderborght (Hoover Chair, UCLouvain),

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EUROPEAN UNION: Wider support for a minimum income guarantee

For a few years, the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) has been actively supporting EU-legislation in favour of a (means-tested) minimum income in all EU member-states. Three Member States currently do not have Minimum Income schemes in place: Greece, Italy, and Hungary. In Sepember 2010, EAPN launched a concrete proposal for an EU framework Directive on “Adequate Minimum Income”. Article 1

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