All EU countries must set a minimum income and, if necessary, upgrade existing schemes. This recommendation was made by MEPs from the European Parliament’s Employment Committee. From the published post on the website of the institution, it emerged after the meeting that the committee is of the opinion that minimum income schemes are the way to help vulnerable Europeans.
According to the latest Eurostat figures, 120 million Europeans, or 25% of the community’s population, are at risk of poverty and social exclusion. Most often these are elderly people, single parents, people with disabilities, women and children.
MEPs also warn that schemes do not always offer adequate support to those in need. Therefore, it is also recommended that Eurostat data on the poverty risk threshold and other indicators be used to determine the minimum income.
The committee is clear that the minimum income scheme should be combined with financial support for easier access to social and public services, including education, healthcare and housing. Those who can work should receive support for gaining access to the labor market.
The committee’s report was approved with 36 votes in favor, 7 against and 4 abstentions. The issue of minimum income in the EU will be discussed during the plenary session of the European Parliament in October.