Factsheet for case EU-2020-42/1342 – measures in European Union
|Country||European Union , applies eu-wide (or beyond)|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 12 October 2020|
|Type||Non-binding recommendations or other texts|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
|Case created||28 October 2020 (updated 05 November 2020)|
The minimum income schemes contribute to the social protection of the most disadvantaged groups in society, including people hardest-hit by the COVID-19 crisis. They also have a stabilising effect for the economy as a whole. Therefore on 12 October the Council decided to adopt conclusions on strengthening minimum income protection in the EU with the aim to combat poverty and social exclusion during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Conclusions invite Member States to do the following:
The European Commission is invited, within its competences as set out in the Treaties, while paying due regard to national circumstances to initiate an update of the Union framework to effectively support and complement the policies of Members States on national minimum income protection.
The most disadvantaged groups in society, including people hardest-hit by the COVID-19 crisis.
|Applies to all workers||Does not apply to businesses||Applies to all citizens|
EU (Council, EC, EP)
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
European social partners were not involved in the preparation or designing of the Council conclusions.
According to the European Trade Union Confederation effective EU anti-poverty action should be based on a European framework directive setting binding common principles and minimum standards for minimum income schemes that are highly inclusive, adequate, accessible and enabling.
Eurofound (2020), Need to strengthen minimum income protection in the EU during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, case EU-2020-42/1342 (measures in European Union), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
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