After long deliberations and after having discussed various versions, the European Commission has decided on 15 May 2020 to admit the new ECI-UBI 2020/21.
To allow a new ECI for basic income, the objective had to be adjusted in such a way that the European Commission sees possibilities to treat this ECI. The EC should not put items on the agenda for the EU that are non-economic. So the social aspect of basic income was what the rejection rested on.
The solution then came from a different legal description of the objective. There is no longer talk about “Basic Income” but about “Basic Incomes” in plural, so that it is about the various countries themselves and not about the EU as a whole.
Start Unconditional Basic Incomes (UBI) throughout the EU
Our aim is to establish the introduction of unconditional basic incomes throughout the EU which ensure every person’s material existence and opportunity to participate in society as part of its economic policy. This aim shall be reached while remaining within the competences conferred to the EU by the Treaties.
We request the EU Commission to make a proposal for unconditional basic incomes throughout the EU, which reduce regional disparities in order to strengthen the economic, social and territorial cohesion in the EU.
This shall realize the aim of the joint statement by the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission, stated in 2017, that “the EU and its member states will also support efficient, sustainable and equitable social protection systems to guarantee basic income” in order to combat inequality.
Collection of signatures
Retrieval of the 1 million signatures will begin on September 25, 2020 and will take one year. The start is the first Friday after the 13th basic income week , the end the first Friday after the 14th basic income week.
History of ECI-UBI
The previous ECI-UBI in 2013 was stuck at 300,000 after one year of signatures . In 2013, not much was known in Europe about the Unconditional Basic Income. Nowadays there is more attention. Partly because a presidential candidate Andrew Yang wanted to give every American $ 1000 / month. The Corona crisis has also made people aware of the fact that you cannot live without income. So in that regard, there is good hope that the 1,000,000 signatures can be delivered by the more than 500 million European inhabitants.
Political turn to basic income
The ECI-UBI2020 petition is not going to ensure a basic income in every country, the countries should do that themselves. The point is that organizations such as unions, churches, political parties can no longer ignore the fact that an Unconditional Basic Income must be introduced and that Europe supports it.
What the current political parties are trying to do is to keep the economy going, which is more of the same all these years. Another solution must be found; a radical twist to the Unconditional Basic Income!
More information about the ECI-UBI 2020
The website for the citizens’ initiative is
The further description of the Citizens’ Initiative can be found here
Here a discussion about the initiative in English by people from various countries of Europe.