The request for a new EU law to modernize and strengthen national minimum income schemes in member countries
The European Parliament calls for one new EU law to modernize and strengthen national minimum income schemes in member countries. The plenary in Strasbourg today adopted a resolution noting that an EU directive on adequate minimum income would make minimum income schemes more ‘accessible and effective’. It would also ensure the integration of people currently absent from the labor market.
According to MEPs, EU countries should regularly evaluate their national schemes and update them if necessary, ensuring an adequate level of support that reflects the national at-risk-of-poverty threshold, to establish a social safety net that guarantees a level of minimum life.
MEPs also want to make these programs more accessible, particularly for disadvantaged groups such as the homeless. They propose measures to address widespread issues in EU countries, such as the lack of adoption of these schemes and the digital divide. The text was approved with 336 votes in favour, 174 against and 121 abstentions.