Over the Line: campaign for adequate minimum income

Towards adequate minimum income schemes for all

Why we need change

Our campaign coalition of civil society organisations are campaigning to bring everyone over the poverty line. No matter where you live in the EU, you should have the resources and support you need to live a decent life.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 people in the EU are living at risk of poverty or social exclusion. If the EU is to reduce the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion by at least 15 million by 2030 (one of three EU-level social targets) decision makers must show more ambition.

We are therefore calling for an EU Directive on Minimum Income, to make sure that those most vulnerable in society can be guaranteed a life free from poverty.

 

What is minimum income?

Minimum income schemes are one of the last defences against poverty for people in vulnerable situations and are crucial to ensure the resilience of our societies and social cohesion. They can be defined as a package of benefits and services that form a safety net for people who, whether in or out of employment, would otherwise lack sufficient resources to live in dignity. Minimum income schemes should provide a minimum standard of living for all, however, this is not always guaranteed.

Interested to know more? See the Social Platform’s position paper, calling for an EU Directive on Adequate Minimum Income.

Sign the pledge!

In advance of the EU elections, we are calling for political candidates to pledge their support to make sure that those most vulnerable in society can be guaranteed a life free from poverty.

If elected as Member of the European Parliament, I commit to advancing social rights in Europe by advocating for:

  • An EU Directive on Adequate Minimum Income to ensure all EU minimum income schemes bring everyone over the poverty line.
  • ⁠The full implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and a revision of its Action Plan.
  • Comprehensive Active Inclusion approaches, combining adequate income support with access to quality services and inclusive labour markets.

Pledge your support and allow Social Platform to keep you up-to-date you about the campaign.

 

Our Over the Line supporters

Thank you to all the European Parliament candidates listed below who have signed our pledge!

Walter Baier 
Spitzenkandidat – Party of the European Left | Austria

Bas Eickhout MEP
Spitzenkandidat – European Green Party / Groenlinks-PVDA | Netherlands

Thomas Waitz MEP
The Greens | Austria
 

Andreas Schieder MEP
SPÖ | Austria

Evelyn Regner MEP
SPÖ | Austria

Sabrina Winter 
SPÖ | Austria

Sara Matthieu MEP
Groen | Belgium

Jan Steurs
Groen | Belgium

Maarten Tavernier
Groen | Belgium

Karen Maes
Groen | Belgium

Matthias Bienstman
Groen | Belgium

Alda Greoli
Les Engagés  | Belgium

Saskia Bricmont MEP
Ecolo | Belgium

Olivier de Schutter
Ecolo | Belgium

Léa Charlet
Ecolo | Belgium

Rudi Kennes
PVDA-PTB | Belgium

Liesbet Sommen
CD&V  | Belgium

Kathleen Van Brempt MEP
Vooruit | Belgium

Bruno Tobback
Vooruit | Belgium

Nathalie Vanvelthoven
Vooruit | Belgium

Jos Bertrand
Vooruit | Belgium

Elio di Rupo

Parti Socialiste | Belgium

Estelle Ceulemens

Parti Socialiste | Belgium

Matthieu Liessens
Parti Socialiste  | Belgium

Urša Raukar-Gamulin

Mozemo! | Croatia

Rada Boric

Mozemo! | Croatia

Vít Masare
Zelení – Strana Zelených | Czechia

Zuzana Pavelková
Zelení – Strana Zelených | Czechia

Gabriela Svárovská

Zelení – Strana Zelených | Czechia

Osamu Okamura
Zelení – Strana Zelených | Czechia

Matěj Frouj
Zelení – Strana Zelených | Czechia

Michael Cardal
SOCDEM | Czechia

Alžběta Kalábová

SOCDEM | Czechia

Jan Košák
SOCDEM | Czechia

Jiří Dienstbier
SOCDEM | Czechia

Luděk Svoboda
SOCDEM | Czechia

Vítězslav Adamec
Česká Pirátská Strana | Czech

Andreas Grosbøll
SF – Green Left | Denmark

Rikke Lauritsen
SF – Green Left | Denmark

Kim Pagels
Radikale Venstre | Denmark

João Møller
Radikale Venstre | Denmark

Tanel Kiik
Social Democrats | Estonia

Petri Rinne
Suomen Keskusta | Finland

Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP  Kansallinen Kookumus | Finland

Maria Ohisalo
Green League | Finland

Sami Säynevirta
Left Alliance | Finland

Jussi Saramo
Left Alliance | Finland

Merja Kyllönen
Left Alliance | Finland

 

Petra Packalén
Communist Party of Finland | Finland

Jiri Mäntysalo
Communist Party of Finland | Finland

Bex Tapanainen
Communist Party of Finland | Finland

Leila Chaibi MEP
La France Insoumise | France

Séverine Véziès
La France Insoumise | France

Mohamed Bensaada
La France Insoumise | France

Marie Mesmeur
La France Insoumise | France

Berenger Cernon
La France Insoumise | France

Kévin Vercin
La France Insoumise | France

Louise Heritier
La France Insoumise | France

Damien Carême MEP
Union Populaire | France

Bruno Seigle-Murandi
Volt France | France

Sven Franck
Volt France | France

Aurore Lalucq MEP
Place Publique | France

Chloé Ridel
Parti Socialiste | France

Pierre Larrouturou MEP
Nouvelle Donne | France

Marie Toussaint MEP
Les Écologistes | France

David Cormand MEP
Les Écologistes | France

Mélissa Camara
Les Écologistes | France

 Mounir Satouri MEP
Les Écologistes | France

Madjouline Sbai
Les Écologistes| France

Benoît Biteau MEP
Les Écologistes | France

Caroline Roose MEP
Les Écologistes | France

Abdoulaye Diarra
Les Écologistes | France

Priscillia Ludosky

Les Écologistes | France

Amine Kessaci
Les Écologistes – Société Civil| France

Flora Ghebali

Les Écologistes | France

Claude Gruffat MEP
Les Écologistes | France

Stéphanie Dembak-Dijoux
Les Écologistes | France

Régis Godec

Les Écologistes | France

Aminata Pallud
Les Écologistes | France

Charles Braine
Les Écologistes | France

Rachel Savin-Puget
Les Écologistes | France

Christian Lammens
Les Écologistes | France

Sophia Popoff
Les Écologistes | France

 

François Thiollet MEP
Les Écologistes | France

Özlem Dremirel MEP
Die Linke | Germany

Gabriele Bischoff MEP
SPD | Germany

Katrin Langensiepen MEP
Die Grunen | Germany

Sebastian Everding
Tiershutzpartei | Germany

 

Petros Kokkalis MEP
Kosmos | Greece

Agnes Vadai
Democratic Coalition | Hungary

Erik Bedő
Momentum Mozgalom | Hungary

Sinéad Gibney
Social Democrats | Ireland – Dublin

Rory Hearne
Social Democrats | Ireland – Midlands North-West

Grace O’Sullivan MEP
Green Party | Ireland – South

Ciaran Cuffe MEP
Green Party | Ireland – Dublin

Pauline O’Reilly
Green Party | Ireland – Midlands North West

Cian Prendiville
People Before Profit | Ireland – South

Bríd Smith
People Before Profit | Ireland – Dublin

Brian O’Boyle
People Before Profit | Ireland – Midlands North-West

Mick Wallace MEP
Independents 4 Change | Ireland – South

Clare Daly MEP
Independents 4 Change | Ireland – Dublin

Luke Ming Flanagan MEP
Independent | Ireland – Midlands North-West

Lorna Bogue
Rabharta | Ireland – South

Umar Al-Qadri

Independent | Ireland – Dublin

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin
Labour Party | Ireland – Dublin

Brigitte Foppa
Alleanza Verdi e Sinistra | Italy

Benedetta Scuderi
Alleanza Verdi e Sinistra | Italy

Luca Boccoli
Alleanza Verdi e Sinistra | Italy

Simona Merisi
Alleanza Verdi e Sinistra | Italy

Rosa d’Amato MEP
Alleanza Verdi e Sinistra | Italy

 

Beatrice Covassi MEP
Partito Democratico | Italy

Daniela Rondinelli MEP
Partito Democratico | Italy

Brando Benifei MEP
Partito Democratico | Italy

 

 

Angela Quaquero
Partito Democratico | Italy

Alfonso Maria Gallo
Stati Uniti d’Europa | Italy

Fabio Alberti
Pace Terra Dignità | Italy

 

Romka Viesteurs
Kustība “Par!” | Latvia

Elina Pinto
Progresīvie| Latvia

Laila Balga
Progresīvie | Latvia

Ina Lenca
Progresīvie | Latvia

Ilze Baranovska
Progresīvie | Latvia

Igors Kļaviņš
Progresīvie | Latvia

 

Agnese Lāce
Progresīvie | Latvia

Emilija Svobaite
Green Party| Lithuania

Marc Angel MEP
LSAP | Luxembourg

 

Danielle Filbig
LSAP | Luxembourg

Michaela Morrisova
LSAP | Luxembourg

Lara Marwaha
Volt | Luxembourg

Tania Mousel
déi Lénk | Luxembourg

Kim van Sparentak MEP
Groenlinks-PVDA | Netherlands

Tineke Strik MEP
Groenlinks-PVDA | Netherlands

Elmar Smid
Groenlinks-PVDA | Netherlands

Ruben Schouten
Volt Netherlands| Netherlands

Verena Kitowski
Volt Netherlands | Netherlands

Caspar Brüsewitz
Volt Netherlands | Netherlands

Ian Hendriks
Volt Netherlands | Netherlands

 

Raquel García Hermida-van der Walle
D66 | Netherlands

 

Catarina Martins
Bloco de Esquerda | Portugal

José Gusmão MEP
Bloco de Esquerda | Portugal

Anabela Rodrigues MEP
Bloco de Esquerda | Portugal

Luis Fazendeiro
Bloco de Esquerda | Portugal

Norberta Grilo
Bloco de Esquerda | Portuga

Dragoş Pislaru

REPER | Romania

 

Nicola Orlovska
Volt Slovensko | Slovakia

Jana Masarcova
Volt Slovensko | Slovakia

Zuzana Pucikova
Volt Slovensko | Slovakia

Rick Zednik
Volt Slovensko | Slovakia

Lucia Kleštincová
Volt Slovensko | Slovakia

Tomáš Matta
Volt Slovensko | Slovakia

Milan Brglez MEP
Social Democrats | Slovenia

Irene Montero

Podemos | Spain

María Teresa Pérez Díaz

Podemos | Spain

Diego Cañamero Valle

Podemos | Spain

Julio Rodríguez

Podemos | Spain

 

Riccardo Sá Ferreira

Podemos | Spain

 

Mar Cambrollé

Podemos | Spain

Estrella Galan
Sumar | Spain

Pernando Barrena
EH Bildu | Spain

Piotr Sadowski
PSOE | Spain

Carri-Ginter Wikström
Volt Sweden | Sweden

Get in touch!

We would love your involvement  in supporting this campaign with us.

  • Follow our activities online with #OvertheLine 
  • Add your voice to the call to demand better living standards for all via your own channels and audiences.
  • Get in touch for Over the Line campaign resources: hannah.grieve @ socialplatform.org