Friuli-Venezia Giulia introduces a minimum income experiment

I am now a contributing editor of Basic Income News, the media platform of the Basic Income Earth Network. My latest piece reports on the introduction of a minimum income experiment in the  Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Friuli leads a resurgence of similar measures in other regions across the country.

It is still far from a guaranteed minimum income, and certainly set at low monetary values – more like a measure to counter extreme poverty than anything. Despite this, it is an important step forward in a country that has no national guaranteed minimum income or universal unemployment subsidy.

Three proposals for a national guaranteed minimum income have been deposited in the national parliament, but none of them have reached the crucial stage of a parliamentary vote.

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