Is Basic Income a political project more of the left or of the right? Is it ‘the capitalist road to communism’ or a libertarian conspiracy from Silicon Valley? Or are these categories pointless when discussing a future with basic income? Who are, who should be our allies in the struggle for basic income? This will be the overarching theme of the next network meeting of Unconditional Basic Income Europe. The weekend in Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden 23-25 March 2018 will include a public meeting, seminars, workshops and our annual General Assembly. Come and join us!
Friday 23th: Basic Income – Neither Left nor Right
Public lecture and discussion with Guy Standing at Världskulturmuseet, moderated by Ann Ighe (Senior lecturer in Economic history, Editor-in-chief of Ord&Bild). Free entry for UBIE members.
Saturday 24th: Seminars and workshops
Venue: Kulturhuset Falken (Falkgatan 7, 416 67 Göteborg)
The detailed program will be published here later.
Saturday evening: Dinner, drinks, discussions and maybe dance at a private location. Limited capacity, first come first serve – register below asap, please!
Sunday 25th: UBIE General Assembly
Venue: Same as Saturday.
The UBIE General Assembly is open to all members and interested guests but only members have the right to vote. The meeting will finish around 3pm.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
The Democracy Convention – or DemCon – is an annual gathering of academics, NGOs, activists, journalists and technologists who understand that we are on the cusp of major changes in how democracy is exercised around the world. DemCon seeks to create the conditions for building a real, immediate, non-intermediated democracy with regular and deep citizen participation by learning from organisations and people engaged in moving democracy forward.
Speaker for Basic Income is our US activist Scott Santens, full time basic income writer.
Join us in Balbriggan to learn how to use the technologies that will drive the future of democracy – from the experts who build them and the organisations who use them.
DemCon is organised by the Solonian Democracy Institute, a non-profit think tank that takes its name from the statesman who ushered in reforms that created the foundations for the development of democracy in ancient Athens.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
The first ever UBIE Summer School on the Politics of Basic Income will take place in Barcelona, from 13 to 16 September, 2018. Experts, policy-makers and civil society activists have been invited to speak about the opportunities and challenges of basic income in EU politics, with a specific focus on the 2019 European Elections.
Learn, discuss and build a European campaign with Unconditional Basic Income Europe! Let us try to understand together the political opportunities and challenges of making basic income a hot topic in the political marketplace of ideas in the European Union. Join us for the first European Summer School of UBIE in Barcelona, 13-16 September 2018!
The main outcome of the Summer School should be a concrete campaign plan to promote basic income during the 2019 European Elections. To achieve this, we plan to structure the programme in the following way:
The planned programme of the event is as follows:
- Thursday 13th: Welcome Dinner
- Friday 14th: Lectures and roundtables with invited experts
- Saturday 15th: Workshops to develop a campaign plan for the 2019 European Elections
- Sunday 16th: Finalising the campaign plan and sightseeing in Barcelona with UBIE activists!
UBIE does not have a huge budget for this event – which means that it can only be a success if you lend us a hand. There is plenty on things to do in preparation for the event, e.g. programme coordination (identifying and inviting speakers), participant coordination (following up registrations, helping with travel arrangements), logistics (accommodation, catering, equipments), internal and external communications, budgeting/fundraising, leaflet and programme design…
Barcelona started conducting a minimum income trial experiment (known as “B-MINCOME”) last year, which many local people would like to develop into an actual basic income pilot. So we will also use the opportunity to discuss with local politicians and project partners how this attempt could increase public support for a real paradigm shift in social policies – towards a fully unconditional basic income.
Would you rather help out during the event? There are plenty of tasks, like participant coordination, event assistant, speaker assistant, and translator.
Can you help in any other way? Do you have questions? We will be delighted to hear! Please write to email@example.com to let us know any way in which you can help before or during this event!
Going to join us? Great! Please fill in the registration form and do not forget to indicate how you can help!
We will organise a coordination phone call during next week to discuss preparations with all those who wish to help make this happen. The date and time is yet to be confirmed.
Greetings on behalf of the organising team,
Leire, Dániel and Barb
The next UBIE meeting will take place in Berlin, 21-24 March 2019. The General Assembly will take place on Saturday, 23 March. Before and after, we intend to organise working group sessions (Friday and Sunday) and also some public debates (possibly Thursday and Friday).
- Thursday, 21 March, 7pm: Public Event on Basic Income Experiments
- Friday, 22 March, 4-8pm: Discussion on UBIE’s priorities for 2019/20
- Saturday, 23 March, 9am-7pm: General Assembly
- Sunday, 24 March, 9am-2pm: Workshops
We will get back to you with more details and an official invitation soon.