European Citizens' Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income
European Citizens' Initiative
for an Unconditional Basic Income

Stand up for Basic Income as a Human Right
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The Initiative is now closed!
 
Please instead sign our new petition:
www.avaaz.org/en/petition/our_chance_to_end_poverty/

The collection of signatures for the ECI closed 2014-01-14 at 23:59:59. Over 285.000 EU citizens have signed this Initiative and we would like to thank you for your support!
This has been an amazing experience for us and hundreds of basic income activists all over Europe involved in making this happen!


The online signatures and paper signatures will now go through a verification process and be handed over to the European Commission together with the demands of the Initiative.
 
2013 ECI-UBI
 
While we did not reach the 1 million signatures needed for the petition to be legally binding we did succeed in getting 6 countries to meet their national quota. In the final two weeks of the Initiative 100.000 signatures were collected! You can see the final results here:
www.basicincome2013.eu/en/statistics.htm

We aim to put pressure on both the European Commission and other EU authorities to act on implementing studies and pilot projects for an unconditional basic income in Europe. We are also looking at how we can use these signatures for a petition to the European Parliament. The Avaaz petition is still going, and will also be delivered to several European authorities.

Whatever happens in the future, this ECI has sparked a growing movement in Europe, the first grassroots organising for basic income in several decades. We need to change the toxic, divisive politics of austerity into something which represents the solidarity people have shown through their support of unconditional basic income.

You can find the full statement to the press on the closing of this ECI here:
http://basicincome2013.eu/en/press-15012014.htm

Sincerely yours,

The team for the Initiative for Unconditional Basic Income in Europe
 
 

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What is Unconditional Basic Income?
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An Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) is a recurring, universal payment to everyone - as an individual right, without means test or any obligation to work or perform other services in return, and high enough to ensure an existence in dignity and participation in society. The current social security systems are demeaning and inadequate in addressing the roots of poverty. UBI would transform social security from a compensatory system into an emancipatory system, one that trusts people to make their own decisions, and does not stigmatize them for their circumstances.
 

What else can you do to help us?

1) Sign and share our campaign at AVAAZ!
This will help us reach more people and will enable us to continue to demonstrate public support for Unconditional Basic Income after the ECI ends.
Sign and share our campaign at AVAAZ! https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/our_chance_to_end_poverty/
 
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