25. 4. 2019 Obvestila

Report UBIE Berlin Meeting and General Assembly


From 21-24 March 2019 we met in Berlin to held up our 2019 general assembly, to discuss UBIE future and worked on our most important current projects.

On Thursday we organized a well attended public evening debate about the topic “Basic Income Pilots: Death End or the Way Ahead?” (see FB event and photos).

On Friday after a general debate we discussed the priorities for UBIE’s work in 2019-20, especially four future activities:

  • Setting up a UBIE office in Brussels
  • Improving our ways to welcome and integrate new members
  • Street actions to promote UBI
  • Networking with other NGOs

You find an overview of the results in this presentation. If you are interested in joining these activities (also the ones not elaborated in detail), don’t hesitate to contact the Core Group (board@ubie.org).

On Saturday about 30 members and some guests joined at the UBIE General Assembly. The Core Group presented its activity report (including the financial report for 2018), which was accepted by the assembly.

After that we decided to prepare the launch of a new European Citizenship Initiative “Start Unconditional Basic Income (UBI)”. Our goal is to collect at least 1,000,000 signatures all over Europe. The start of the campaign is planned for 2020. Also the 2019 European Election campaign targeting candidates for the 2019 European Elections was confirmed.

Furthermore two changes in the UBIE constitution were confirmed by the General Assembly:

Also a new Core Group was elected. The newly elected members agreed on the following division of positions:

At last, a Conciliatory Board with three members in charge of dealing infringements of the UBIE Code of Conduct was elected by the General Assembly:

  • Manja Taylor
  • Barb Jacobson
  • Robin Ketelaars

Here you find the official minutes and the complete notes of the meeting as well as some visual impressions.

On Sunday morning (after a nice social evening in an artist gallery) we continued working on our two most important current outreaching projects:

  • ECI campaign: amongst others we discussed issues of time schedule (collection start 2020), campaign milestones, financing, collection software, logo, internal communication. Next meeting will be in October in Vienna
  • European election campaign: in the weeks before the upcoming European Parliament elections (23-26 May) we plan to mobilise EU citizens to ask their candidates about their attitudes towards basic income policies.

To join these project groups as well as other activities please just contact board@ubie.org

We’re very happy having had a meeting with engaged members, fair conducted discussions and productive results in both internal organization and outreaching projects and looking optimistic to the future of our growing organization.

Kind greetings from the UBIE Core Group