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Parliamentary questions
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20 July 2017
Question for written answer E-005032-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Eva Kaili (S&D)

 Subject:  Universal Basic Income
 Answer in writing 

Rapid technological advances, globalisation and the economic crisis have led to higher unemployment, job insecurity and a loss of vested social rights upon which the European Union was built.

Particularly in countries such as Greece, all this has caused serious problems to basic survival for many vulnerable social groups, such as single-parent and multi-member families, young people and the elderly.

By way of addressing growing inequalities, and to redistribute the advantages created by automation, many European countries have instituted the adoption of a universal basic income. The purpose of this measure is to replace complicated social welfare systems with a more flexible mechanism which would offer citizens security and promote knowledge, personal freedoms and social justice.

Data available to date indicate the application of the measure has had positive results.

In view of this:

Would it be possible to establish a Unified European Social System as part of the new Multi-annual Financial Framework which would fund a universal basic income that ensures a dignified standard of living for all EU citizens and supports their economic and social reintegration?

Original language of question: EL 
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