Debate on Guaranteed Minimum Income in Europe

To be held on October 15, organised by DIPLOCAT and the Board of Third Social Sector Entities of Catalonia

Coinciding with the commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17, DIPLOCAT and the Catalan Third Social Sector Platform, a federation of Catalan social service organizations, have organized a debate entitled The guarantee of minimum income, a European perspective, to be held on Friday, October 15, 2021. The aim of the event is to discuss the mechanisms that states have available to establish a guaranteed income for citizens, the priorities of the EU in this matter and to present the experiences of Catalonia, Germany, Finland and Scotland.

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The conference will be semi-face-to-face and will take place in the room of the Labor, Economic and Social Council of Catalonia (CTESC) in Barcelona. The event will be inaugurated by Toni Mora, President of the CTESC, Laura Foraster i Lloret, Secretary General of DIPLOCAT, and Francina Alsina, President of the Catalan Third Social Sector Platform.

The event will continue with Professor Manuel Aguilar, from the School of Social Work at the University of Barcelona, explaining the different mechanisms available to the states to establish a guaranteed income for citizens. Professor Giovanni Gallo, from Sapienza University in Rome, will explain the steps and priorities taken by the EU to ensure minimum income and the adequacy of minimum wages in EU member states.

Afterwards there will be a round table in which the various models and experiences in the field of minimum wage and basic income will be discussed, with the participation of: Minna Ylikännö, senior specialist in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland; Arne Baumann, Head of the Coordination and Information Office of the Minimum Wage Commission in Germany; Joey Laurie, from Homes for Good, a rental and rental support program in Scotland; and Òscar Riu, General Director of Labor Relations, Self-Employment and Occupational Safety and Health of the Government of Catalonia. The event will be led by the journalist and communicator Eva Torrents.

This is the second event organized by DIPLOCAT and the Catalan Third Social Sector Platform under the framework of the Social Europe Debates. The first took place last year and dealt with the situation of social housing in the EU. The Platform is one of the consortium entities that is part of DIPLOCAT.

The event will take place from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, in a mixed format, in person and online, with limited capacity in accordance with the instructions of the health authorities. All foreign speakers will be translated into Catalan.

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