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EUROPEAN UNION: Citizens Initiative for Basic Income

[Robin Ketelaars – Vereniging Basisinkomen (the Netherlands) – April 2013]

At the start of this year the European Union (EU) registered the European Citizens’ Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income. Fifteen EU member states are participating in this initiative. Before January 14th 2014  one million statements of support have to be collected for the initiative to pass. When the organizers of the citizens’ initiative reach this number, the European Commission will have to examine the initiative and arrange a public hearing for the Unconditional Basic Income by the European Parliament.

The initiative can be found at and can only be signed by citizens of the European Union.

A YouTube Video explaining the initiative is online at:

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  • I wonder if there’s a way to assess i, at the present rate of signatures, 1 million is a realistic projection?

  • Heather

    I’m technically an Irish/UK citizen, but have lived in the US my whole life and I’ve never applied for my passport. Could I sign, or should I pass?

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