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In 2017, the Green European Foundation started, with the support of different national partner foundations a transnational project on basic income with the objective to refine the concepts behind Universal Basic Income and contribute to the Europeanisation of the debate while taking into consideration the huge differences of social security systems across Europe. To this end, we formed a basic income expert group with representatives of Spain, Catalonia, Switzerland, Germany, Serbia, Belgium and Greece. In 2018, the focus of the ‘Basic Income for all EU Citizens?‘ project lies on the financial concepts and on formulating first ideas for a European pilot project on basic income that can deliver comparable results for different European countries.
About the event
During this session, we aim to make the link of those discussions to the broader debate on the future of work and whether basic income can become part of the Green answer to the challenges the labour market is currently facing. At the same time, the session shall serve as an opportunity to exchange on examples and different ideas of Green parties across Europe.
We will organise an interactive session, using the “fish bowl” method: the discussion starts in a semi-circle with one moderator and the three panelists and two empty chairs; after the first input by the moderator and the three panelists, the audience is invited to fill the empty chairs and take the role of panelists themselves; after the input the chairs have to be left to other participants.
Finally, the workshop will provide an opportunity to present the results of a planned survey we launched on the state of play of the UBI debate within the different Green parties across Europe as well as in the national public discourses.
- Ville Ylikahri, GEF Board Member, Secretary General in the Green Cultural and Education Centre – Visio in Finland, representative of project expert group for Finland;
- Susanne Rieger, GEF Co-President, responsible for European issues and European relations in the Catalan Green foundation Fundació Nous Horitzons (FNH), Project coordinator of the GEF transnational project on Basic Income.
- Wolfgang Strengmann-Kuhn, Member of Parliament, Germany
- Julen Bollain, Member of the Basque Parliament, economist & researcher specialised in unconditional basic income, Spain
- Predrag Momcilovic, Executive Committee Member Federation of Young European Greens, journalist, PhD student on political ecology and degrowth, Serbia
- Irina Studhalter, Local Councillor Lucerne & political campaigner, Switzerland
- Natalie Bennett, politician and journalist, former leader of Green Party of England and Wales, United Kingdom
Since the election of President Macron in France, an intense debate is taking place over the future governance of the Eurozone, including calls for a Eurozone finance minister, a European Monetary Fund and a Eurozone budget. However, less attention is being paid to the prospects for reforming the Eurozone cornerstone’s institution itself: the European Central Bank (ECB).
Mario Draghi pledged to do “whatever it takes” to preserve the euro, and through its quantitative easing programme, the ECB has played an important role in rescuing the Eurozone economy. But this has come at a cost. The ECB’s monetary policy has attracted heavy criticism from across the political spectrum, with many challenging the ECB’s legitimacy, and questioning its ability to respond to the next crisis.
Early 2018, Positive Money Europe was founded as a new Brussels-based nonprofit organisation whose role is to scrutinize the ECB and offer proposals to improve monetary policy in the Eurozone.
At the occasion of our launch, we are delighted to invite you for this conference. It will feature two keynote speeches by distinguished speakers. Former governor of the Bank of Spain Miguel Angel Fernandez-Ordoñez will outline a fresh perspective on how the monetary system could be made more stable and safe, and Professor Annelise Riles(Cornell University) will provide a critical but constructive perspective on the politics of central banking. Looking forward, we will host a panel debate on the prospects for future ECB reform, featuring MEPs Jonas Fernandez, Molly Scott-Cato, Bruegel’s director Guntram Wolff (tbc) and Boris Kisselevsky, Head of the European Central Bank representation in Brussels.
Afterwards, Positive Money will offer a reception.
Registration is mandatory for the event. Please register by clicking below:
MIGUEL ÁNGEL FERNÁNDEZ ORDÓÑEZ
Former Governor of Banco de España
Miguel Angel Fernandez-Ordoñez graduated from Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He initially lectured in Economic Policy at that University but has dedicated most of his career to the Public Administration, notably as State Secretary for the Economy, State Secretary for Trade, and State Secretary for Tax and Budget Policy, and was appointed as governor of the central bank of Spain from 2006 until 2012. He also worked in the OECD, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and currently he teaches at the IE University in Madrid. His experience as economist and member of the governing council of the European Central Bank during the euro crisis has led him to explore new ideas on how to reform the money and banking system.
Professor of Law and Anthropology, Cornell University
Annelise Riles is the Jack G. Clarke Professor of Law in Far East Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Cornell, and the founder of Meridian 180, a multilingual forum for transformative leadership. Her work focuses on the transnational dimensions of laws, financial markets and culture. Her previous book, Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets (Chicago Press 2011) was based on 15 years of fieldwork among central bankers, financial lawyers and regulators in Japan and the United States. Her most recent book “Financial Citizenship: Experts, Publics, and the Politics of Central Banking” outlines how a new relationship between central banks and the public can renew the legitimacy of central banks and address the democratic deficit in financial governance.
Member of the European Parliament (Greens-EFA)
Molly Scott-Cato is a British Green politician, economist, environmental and community activist and current Member of the European Parliament since 2014. She studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and later gained a doctorate in economics from Aberystwyth. As MEP, Molly Scott-Cato seats in the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs where she focuses on sustainable finance and the monetary policy and is a member of the TAX3 Committee where she is working on tax evasion and tax avoidance.
Member of the European Parliament (Socialists & Democrats)
Jonás Fernández-Alvarez is a Spanish politician (PSOE) and member of the European Parliament since 2014 where he seats in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. In 2017, he was the rapporteur on the Parliament’s annual resolution on the European Central Bank. Jonás Fernández Álvarez holds an Executive MBA from IESE Business School (2010-12), MA in Economics and Finance from CEMFI-Bank of Spain (2002-04) and was chief economist of the consultancy firm Solchaga Recio & Asociados.
Head of the European Central Bank representation in Brussels
Head of the ECB representation in Brussels since 2017, he previously works at the IMF, the bank of Russia, the Banque de France and the ECB for many years.
Director of Bruegel
Guntram Wolff is the Director of Bruegel. His research focuses on the European economy and governance, on fiscal and monetary policy and global finance. He regularly testifies at the European Finance Ministers’ ECOFIN meeting, the European Parliament, the German Parliament (Bundestag) and the French Parliament (Assemblée Nationale). From 2012-16, he was a member of the French prime minister’s Conseil d’Analyse Economique.
Positive Money’s Executive Director and a Director of the Board of Finance Watch
Fran is Positive Money’s Executive Director and a Director of the Board of Finance Watch. Fran studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and went on to complete a PhD researching carbon dioxide storage.
Fran became interested in economics and money creation after realising that the huge environmental and inequality crises we face could not easily be fixed without re-thinking how the current economic system works, and how to redesign it. Fran has worked at various global organisations including the United Nations, Greenpeace and BP.
By Fran Boait, Executive director at Positive Money
And Benoit Lallemand, Secretary General of Finance Watch
Why Positive Money Europe?
By Stanislas Jourdan, Head of Positive Money Europe
“Secure Money and Banking Liberalization”
Keynote speech by Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez, former governor of the Bank of Spain
“Financial Citizenship: Experts, Publics, and the Politics of Central Banking”
Keynote speech by Annelise Riles, Professor at Cornell Law School
Panel debate: Does the ECB need reforms?
- Jonas Fernandez – MEP S&D
- Molly Scott-Cato – MEP Greens
- Boris Kisselevsky, Head of the European Central Bank representation in Brussels
- Guntram Wolff – Director of Bruegel (tbc)
- Annelise Riles
Moderation: Fran Boait, Positive Money
NABIG 2018 is being organized by a Canadian-American team including representatives of Basic Income Canada Network, U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network, McMaster University, and the Hamilton Poverty Roundtable
Save the dates! We are very excited to announce that the 17th Annual North American Basic Income Congress (NABIG) will be held May 24-27 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario!
NABIG is held alternately in the United States and Canada. Highlights from the June 2017 congress in New York City included speakers such as Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, international labour leader Andy Stern, and renowned scholar and activist Frances Fox Piven. NABIG 2018 will focus on:
• making basic income a reality, for example, through research, policy development and pilots as well as strategies for mobilizing support
• the converging paths leading to basic income as a solution to multiple concerns connected to health, human rights, the future of work, poverty, inequality, economic and environmental sustainability, democracy and more. NABIG is a great forum for learning, sharing and networking among people from all walks of life.
“The idea of a universal basic income is gaining traction and I am pleased that next year’s NABIG, which will bring together hundreds of advocates, academics and government representatives from across the continent, is being held in Hamilton,” remarks Hamilton’s Mayor, Fred Eisenberger. “Our City is increasingly becoming a focal point for progressive social policy discussion.”
We at BICN and the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network are thrilled that McMaster University, the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, Low Income Families Together (in Toronto), and others are collaborating with us to host a 2018 Congress that is shaping up to be an important and influential event. Support is coming from a wide range of organizations, places and people, such as municipal leaders. And we are lining up NABIG 2018 speakers now, like Dr. Evelyn Forget, the University of Manitoba researcher who unearthed such powerful findings from the 1970s Manitoba Mincome experiment in basic income.
Please save the date and watch for further announcements about key speakers and a Call for Participation later this fall, followed by registration details. We hope to see you at McMaster University and in Hamilton to be part of NABIG 2018!
- Dr. Wolfgang Strengmann-Kuhn (MdB, Die Grünen)
- Timo Daum (Hochschullehrer Medien, Online und digitale Ökonomie)
Timo Daum wurde für sein Buch “Das Kapital sind wir. Zur Kritik der digitalen Ökonomie” von der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung als “Das politische Buch 2018” ausgezeichnet.
Es wird keine Teilnahmegebühr erhoben. Einladung zum Drucken und verteilen.
Supported by: Netzwerk Grundeinkommen and Piraten Rheinland-Pfalz
- Digitalisierung heute und morgen
- Philipp Frey (Karlsruhe)
- Sebastian Sevignani (Jena)
- Wie werden sich Produktion und Dienstleistung verändern?
- Timo Daum (Berlin)
Workshops und Debatte
Programm auch zum Verteilen
Anmeldungen bitte bis zum 12. Mai 2018 an: AG GFA oder krampertz(at)attac.de
Bitte auch für eine Mahlzeit zur Mittagspausein der Mensa anmelden.
In den letzten zwei Jahren ist Bewegung in die Grundeinkommensdebatte gekommen. Der Reihe nach äußerte sich eine ganze Riege von Silicon-Valley-Unternehmern und Managern positiv über diese Idee. Auch deutsche Unternehmenschefs wie Timotheus Höttges, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Deutschen Telekom, plädieren dafür, ebenso Wissenschaftler aus dem IT-Zusammenhang. Und auch der Präsidentschaftskandidat der französischen Sozialisten hatte so etwas wie ein Grundeinkommen im Programm.
In dieser Entwicklung spiegelt sich die Tatsache, dass die Digitalisierung die Arbeitsverhältnisse neu gestaltet. mehr
Supported by: Netzwerk Grundeinkommen and Piraten Rheinland-Pfalz
Every year the EU parliament organises a huge event called European Youth Event (EYE2018) in Strasbourg. It is a unique opportunity for young Europeans to meet and make their voices hear
Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE) has put together a great delegation to the European Parliament’s European Youth Event this June in Strasbourg. 20 people from 10 different countries are ready to carry our vision to MEPs and 5000 other delegates from all over Europe. They will also participate in a roundtable discussion ‘Basic Income: the Return of Robin Hood?’
We need funding, please help: https://www.gofundme.com/ubie-eye2018
- Distribution of a booklet “UBI proposals for Europe” (if funded).
- proposing meetings with MEPs
1 -2 June
- Participation in EYE2018 activities
- One UBIE speaker at the
“Basic Income: Return of Robin Hood” roundtable
- Internal workshop “Strategies to implement a European Basic Income”, opened to the public
Did you know that robots paying us a basic income could have been possible in 2017?
MEP Mady Delvaux proposed a BI based on robot-tax. Only 14 votes were missing! The idea was to compensate the impact of automation on the European job market.
This is not our only proposal. UBIE is a non-profit organisation that aims at the implementation of the basic income in Europe and beyond. Euro-dividend, European wide basic income for children, Agrarian Basic income our Eco-basic income, the roads for a full basic income are plenty. In Strasbourg, we want to continue the dialogues with decision-makers and make new alliances with youth groups.
20 participants from 10 nationalities
Whether they are students, UBI researchers, UBI advocates or just new members discovering the world of EU advocacy, together they will increase their EU citizenship thanks to participation at this event. We hope they will network with advocates from other causes and bring something new back in their own countries. We also hope they will encourage their national groups to take Europe into account in their strategies for a social and fairer society.
Farewell Seminar Dr Lei Delsen
‘Empirics in Europe of the unconditional basic income (UBI)’
Farewell Seminar “Empirics in Europe of the unconditional basic income (UBI)” of Lei Delsen, Associate Professor of Socio-Economic Policy at the Nijmegen School of Management of the Radboud University.
De vaksectie Economie en Bedrijfseconomie organiseert op vrijdag 22 juni 2018 van 12.30 tot 18.00 uur een afscheidsseminar ter ere van dr. Lei Delsen, die aankomende juni met pensioen gaat. Tijdens het seminar zullen diverse Nederlandse en internationale wetenschappers de resultaten van hun laboratoriumexperimenten, veldexperimenten en onderzoeksanalyses over het onvoorwaardelijk basisinkomen presenteren.
Seminar is in English
- 12.30 – 13.30 Welcome & lunch (Sportcafé)
- 13.30 – 14.30 Plenairy session
– ‘Preferences for UBI in Europe’, dr. Lei Delsen, Radboud Universiteit
– ‘Is UBI feasible in the EU?’, prof. Mark Smith, Grenoble École de Management, Grenoble (Frankrijk)
- 14.45 – 16.15 Presentation of empirical investigations in three parallel sessions:
- Parallel session 1
- ‘A laboratory experiment on the unconditional basic income’, prof. Toshiji Kawagoe, Future University Hakodate, Hakodate (Japan)
- ‘More trust, less regulation – an experiment with social assistance in Nijmegen’, János Betkó, Gemeente Nijmegen
- Parallel session 2
- ‘UBI experiments in the social contract laboratory’, prof. Bernard Neumärker, University of Freiburg, Freiburg (Duitsland)
- ‘Exploring benefits and challenges of implementing citizen’s basic income in Scotland’, prof. Mike Danson, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburg (Verenigd Koninkrijk)
- Parallel session 3
- ‘Effort and fairness under UBI: laboratory experiments’, dr. Lei Delsen, dr. Sascha Füllbrunn en dr. Jana Vyrastekova, Radboud Universiteit
- ‘Routes to participation income in the Dutch welfare state: the Tilburg trust experiment’, prof. Ruud Muffels, Universiteit van Tilburg
- Parallel session 1
- 16.30 – 18.00 Drinks (Sportcafé)
To take part:
Go to: https://www.ru.nl/nsm/vm/farewell-seminar-dr-lei-delsen/?reload=true
until 15 june 2018.
The Farewell seminar takes place on the Radboud Universiteit, Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen at the Elinor Ostrom building, located: Heyendaalseweg 141, 6525 AJ Nijmegen.
Dr. Lei Delsen
The world is being transformed in ways that will profoundly challenge human society. Trade unions facing these new realities can play an important part in shaping this future. With this in mind a major conference organised by the ETUC and ETUI will bring together globally-renowned experts to debate some of the most pressing issues confronting workers, unions and governments.
The conference will address several megatrends impacting working life. First, the free movement of capital, services and people is altering the allocation of jobs throughout the European internal market. Second, climate change and the energy transition are making many occupations obsolete, while at the same time creating new ‘green’ jobs in emerging sectors and industries. Third, the demographic transition is changing the structure of the labour force and challenging social security systems. Finally, the digitalisation of the economy is set to disrupt the processes of production, employment and work conditions on an unprecedented scale.
So far, these transitions have been studied and reflected on independently from one another. As a result, conclusions about what the future holds, and the ensuing policy recommendations, vary according to the particular transition in question. What is now needed is for the different projections to be put together and analysed in tandem in order to fully understand the multiple and complex consequences for the world of work. Will all these changes create one new world of work, or many? How can trade unions engage with these developments and what strategies are there to cope with them? What should a new industrial policy look like in the sectors severely affected – such as energy, transport and construction? What skills will be needed and how can trade unions participate to ensure that workers are offered the required training and education?
These are some of the questions the 3rd ETUC/ETUI conference on the future of work will deal with. The overall format – plenaries and smaller panels – has proven very successful and will remain the same. However, added emphasis will be put on enriching the debate and provoking discussion through innovative sessions and greater opportunities for interaction.
If you are interested in attending the conference please send an email to email@example.com
Follow the conference via social media at #etuWOW18.
- Wednesday 27 June 2018
- 11:00-13:00 Plenary A: Global transitions and world(s) of work
- Panel 1 – Inclusive growth: a new, successful agenda for collective bargaining?
- Panel 2 – Working conditions in an ageing society
- Panel 3 – Company mobility fueled by digitalization and Europeanisation: how can we shore up workers’ rights?
- Panel 4 – Employment forecasts and the digital, green and demographic transitions
- Panel 5 – The impact of the digital transformation on job quality
- 16:00-16:30 Keynote speech by Valdis Dombrovskis, responsible for the Euro and Social Dialogue, European Commission
- Plenary B: When the rich and powerful pretend they do not need us.
- Thursday 28 June 2018
- Plenary C: Labour market composition and demographic change: can migrants and new technologies offset population ageing?
- Plenary D: Climate change and the transition to a green economy: what does it mean for jobs?
- Panel 6 – The role of worker’s participation in addressing the digitalisation-driven Europeanisation strategies of MNCs
- Panel 7 – The link between job quality and innovation: virtuous or vicious circles?
- Panel 8 – Working time reduction as a trade union strategy for a changing world of work
- Panel 9 – Social protection beyond the basic income
- Panel 10 – Industrial policy for the green and digital economies
- Plenary E: Digitalisation and the new economy: disrupting production networks while tackling climate change?
- Plenary F: Globalisation and Europeanisation: European solutions for global problems?
- Panel 11 – Psychosocial risks: shifting the perspective towards positive values
- Panel 12 – The impact of automation on working conditions, health and safety
- Panel 13 – Jobs in a clean, future automobile industry
- Panel 14 – Youth engagement and the future of work
- Panel 15 – Interactive panel: Using visuals to foresee and learn about change
- 17:15-17:45 Keynote speech by Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade
- Plenary G: A New Economic Approach: what are the shortcomings of the current economic model, and how to fix them?
- Friday 29 June 2018
- Panel 16 – How to integrate the transition challenges in the national trade union research agenda?
- Panel 17 – The rise of China as a technology superpower – what does this mean for European jobs?
- Panel 18 – The four transitions: what skills do we need, and how do we provide them?
- Panel 19 – The future of work: perspectives from the ILO
- Panel 20 – Interactive panel: Discussing scenarios for 2030
- Young trade-unionists’ discussion on managing transitions
- Visual Harvesting
- Plenary H: Social Dialogue: how can we create a common agenda for Social Europe?
Basic Income and the New Universalism:
Rethinking the Welfare State in the 21st Century
A joint proposal by BIEN Finland (Perustuloverkosto) and the University of Tampere
(UTA) to hold the next BIEN Congress in Finland.
In the 20th century the welfare states were successful in reducing poverty, building trust
between different socio-economic groups and providing more equal opportunities for all.
Today, welfare state structures reflect the societies of the past rather than those of the
future. Welfare state institutions have not been able to regenerate in line with changed
labour market conditions and lifestyles, and are tightly intertwined with unsustainable
economic structures at local and global levels. The basic income proposal offers a way
out of the current conundrum with a prospect of rethinking and reinvigorating the
ambitions of the welfare state.
Societal reforms such as a basic income require social vision and political will, but also a
sober evaluation of the expected effects and challenges to be overcome. Recent years
have seen an exponential increase in media and policy around the basic income idea,
followed by concrete initiatives to study basic income design and implementation across
The congress plans to build on this growing interest in basic income by inviting activists,
stakeholders, policymakers, students and researchers to discuss the promises of the basic
income against the background of the need for a “new universalism”. The proposed
theme for our conference is: Basic Income and the New Universalism: Rethinking the
Welfare State in the 21st Century.
The congress will focus on three main streams.
- Knowledge and evidence: what do we know about how basic income really works,
and how do we advance our understanding of the basic income model?
- Policy design and implementation: how does basic income interact with existing
(welfare state) policies and institutions, and which social and policy changes are
needed to make basic income work in practice?
- Politics: what are the challenges for pushing basic income onto the policy agenda.
and how can these be overcome?
These three streams encompass a large variety of specific topics to be covered in
presentations and discussions. Examples include: How does an unconditional basic
income change the nature and form of current welfare state institutions and regimes?
How will a well-functioning basic income scheme interact with existing policies? What
are the most promising avenues to institute a basic income? What can we learn from
planned and ongoing pilot schemes about basic income? How can universalism be
extended to larger regional and global areas, and what challenges does this pose for the
basic income idea?
Throughout the congress, we aim to accommodate a wide range of perspectives and
approaches and we will employ different presentation formats to further genuine debate
and discussion. As the basic income idea is gaining popularity in Finland and elsewhere,
we expect strong contributions from academic researchers, citizen activists, policy
experts and decision-makers as well as significant public attention and media interest in
The congress will be held at the University of Tampere (UTA) and several venues within
Tampere is a city of about 225 000 inhabitants located in Southern Finland, 172
kilometres from the capital Helsinki. There are regular train and bus connections from
Helsinki-Vantaa airport and from Helsinki city centre. Tampere also has its own airport
with many international connections.
UTA is the leading university in social sciences and has a long experience and good
reputation in organising international conferences. The university has confirmed its
willingness to supply us with the required conference facilities. We are aiming for 200-
300 participants in total, which is easily accommodated by the university facilities.
The lead organisers are BIEN Finland (Basic Income Network) and the School of Social
Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tampere. In addition we will cooperate
with the Research Department of KELA (The Social Insurance Institution) and the Basic
Income Experiment Consortium. The lead organisers have a track record of collaborating
in projects and putting together public events.
Other possible partners include: Finnish Centre for Pensions, Social Policy Association in
Finland, Finnish Society for Political Economy Research, LabourNet (The Finnish
Doctoral Program on Labour and Welfare Studies).
The organising team include:
- BIEN Finland: Simo Ruottinen, Markku Ikkala, Jukka Peltokoski, Petri Flander.
- Academics: Pertti Koistinen, Johanna Perkiö, Jurgen De Wispelaere, Jorma Kalela, Jan
Otto Andersson, Jouko Kajanoja.
- Basic Income Experiment Consortium: Olli Kangas and others
- Board of advisors from civil society, policy and academia TBA
Resources and funding support:
In addition to supplying conference facilities, the School of Social Sciences and
Humanities has made a promise to contribute to the BIEN2018 Congress financially and
offer further conference assistance. The university will also be able to supply cheap
We have also been in touch with various interest groups and funders, and received a
principled green light for cooperation. If it is agreed BIEN2018 Congress will be held in
Finland, we will immediately start negotiating with relevant actors and interest groups on
financing, conference organisation, conference venue, accommodation, etc.
BIEN Finland has many local contacts in Tampere and will organise activist/political
sessions attracting broader audiences and journalists, as well as an enjoyable evening
program. We can easily find volunteers among the university students and activists of
BIEN Finland’s network to ensure that the conference runs well.
WHY FINLAND AS THE NEXT CONGRESS VENUE?
Finland is an interesting site for the BIEN 2018 congress for several reasons.
- Finland belongs to the family of Nordic countries, which have a long tradition and
commitment to universalistic ideas in social and welfare policies. The Nordic
countries are often considered the birthplace of the universal welfare state. This
would be the first time a BIEN Congress is held in one of the Nordic countries and
we look forward to collaborating with our colleagues in Denmark, Sweden and
Norway to make this a very successful event. As has become tradition for BIEN
congresses, we propose to host a “local day” focused on basic income in the Nordic
welfare state before the official congress, offering a forum for activists and policy
makers in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland to exchange their experiences.
- The idea of basic income has featured in Finnish academic and political discussion at
regular intervals already since the 1970’s, and in 2012 Finnish basic income activists
launched Initiative which didn’t gather sufficient votes but produced a lot of media
attention. In recent years the basic income idea is regularly discussed in public
opinion and policy discussions, often promoted by BIEN Finland.
- Basic income is also a significant subject of academic interest in Finland, and
especially at the University of Tampere (UTA). UTA hosted the first basic income
course for social policy students and several PhD on basic income are ongoing or
have been completed within the same department. UTA is also a partner in the Basic
Income Experiment Consortium. The School of Social Sciences and Humanities
plans to organise a special expert workshop focused on basic income research
challenges as part of the BIEN Congress.
- Most importantly, Finland occupies a unique place of being the first country to plan a
nation-wide basic income experiment. The Finnish government has committed to a
large field experiment that will start in January 2017 and run for two years. The
congress would happen at a time when we are already expecting preliminary results
and this makes for a particularly timely event. While other experiments are also being
prepared, none are as advanced as Finland.
More information and contact info:
• Simo Ruottinen, chair of BIEN Finland. Email: simo[a]perustulo.org
• Pertti Koistinen, Professor of Social and Labour Market Policies, University of
Tampere. Email: pertti.koistinen[a]uta.fi
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