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May
19
Sat
Universal Basic Income – A green answer to future challenges of the labour market? – Antwerp(BE) @ unkown location
May 19 @ 12:00 – 15:30

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.

Moderators

  • 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.

Speakers

  • 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

 

Website: http://gef.eu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GEF_Europe
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/greeneuropeanfdn

Aug
23
Thu
Nordic UBI-day – Tampere (Finland)
Aug 23 @ 12:00 – 18:30

The Nordic day of the BIEN 2018 congress will be held in the afternoon of the 23rd of August in advance of the official opening of the congress. Everyone participating in the congress is invited to take part in this Nordic session, which will be held in English.

The main idea of the Nordic UBI Day session consists of the following thematic outlines:

A representative from each of the five Nordic countries will give a picture of the national situation in relation to the implementation of a basic income. Which are the concrete proposals that are on the political agenda? How large is the potential support for different ideas? How well does a BI fit the relatively universal Nordic welfare systems? What can we learn from the different experiences? There will be both separate presentations and a panel, during which the audience can ask questions and make comments.

Please register for the Nordic UBI Day HERE.


PROGRAM 
(preliminary, changes possible)

 

12.00 – 12.10 Opening of the Nordic UBI Day
Prof. emeritus Pertti Koistinen, chair of the BIEN 2018 Congress LOC
12.10 – 13.10 Part one: Basic Income (BI) discourses in Finland, and how could BI be applied to
enhance Nordic welfare
Part two: Ethics of UBI by the chair of BIEN Finland Pekka Elonheimo
Part three: Experiences of Finland’s UBI experiment by its participant
13.10 – 13.20 Comments, questions, answers on Finland’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
13.20 – 13.40 Denmark. BI-discourses in Denmark, and how could BI be applied to enhance
Nordic welfare
Martin B. Michaelsen, Board Member of BIEN Denmark
 
13.40 – 13.50 Comments, questions, answers on Denmark’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
13.50 – 14.10 Coffee break
14.10 – 14.30 Iceland. BI-discourses in Iceland, and how could BI be applied to enhance
Nordic welfare
Halldóra Mogensen, Member of Iceland’s Parliament and BIEN Iceland
 
14.30 – 14.40 Comments, questions, answers on Iceland’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
14.40 – 15.00 Norway. BI-discourses in Norway, and how could BI be applied to enhance
Nordic welfare
Øyvind Steensen, Spokesman of BIEN Norge
 
15.00 – 15.10 Comments, questions, answers on Norway’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
15.10 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 15.50 Sweden. BI-discourses in Sweden, and how could BI be applied to enhance
Nordic welfare
Lena Stark, Founder of Swedish basic income party, Member of UBIE since 2014
15.50 – 16.00 Comments, questions, answers on Sweden’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
Comments on the previous speeches
16.00 – 16.30 Break
16.30 – 17.15 Speech of Rutger Bregman
17.15 – 17.45 Interview to promote Rutger Bregman‘s new book
17.45 – 18.30 Book selling and autographs in the lobby outside the auditorium

 

The representative speakers are asked to submit their abstracts, photos and biographical notes via this form

For further information, please contact Jan Otto Andersson (janderss@abo.fi) or Jouko Hemmi (jouko.hemmi@hotmail.fi), members of the local organising committee  of BIEN 2018 Congress.