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'We Don't Have Freedom without Basic Income'
Conference 20 - 21 November Budapest

Dear UBI supporters,

The First Hungarian Association for Unconditional Basic Income (FNA Efyesulet) is holding an exciting conference this month, entitled: 'We Don't Have Freedom without Basic Income: Basic Income is the inevitable solution' in Budapest, Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 November.

The conference, organised in co-operation with UBI-Europe, will be an opportunity for a range of politicians, activists, academics and other people interested in basic income to explore the possibilities it opens up for both individual and societal freedom. The speakers from Hungary include Judit Morva, economist and journalist; Lajos Korozs, MP; Johanna Laszlo, sociologist; Tamas Szekely, Deputy Chair of the Hungarian Federation of Trade Unions. International speakers include Enno Schmidt, Generation Basic Income in Switzerland; Karl Widerquist, philosopher and Co-Chair of BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network); and Marcus Brancaglione, founder of the ReCivitas Institute in Brazil.

The conference will be at the Hotel Classic, Budapest, Zólyomi út 6, 1118 Hungary. Entrance is free but a donation of 1-3000Ft (3-9 euros) is strongly encouraged. If you would like further information, or register your attendance please contact

UBI-Europe news

UBIE is now an AISBL (a non-profit association) registered in Brussels! This was finalised in June this year, and gives our network more weight when talking to people at the EU level.

We run entirely with the dedicated work of volunteers, but we still need money to keep things going. Please contribute on our donation page.

There have been significant breakthroughs in Finland, where the new government has set up a commission to design a pilot study of basic income, and in the Netherlands, where several cities are considering how to set up pilot studies. Switzerland is looking forward to the referendum on basic income next year. Prominent politicians in France, Spain, Italy, the UK and Portugal have expressed interest in basic income to replace their countries' rickety welfare systems. 

It seems clear we need more concrete proposals on how a basic income could work at the EU level, and most of all, we need to lever more support at the grassroots to raise the pressure for unconditional basic income within the Brussels Bubble.

This is just the beginning of a long process to make a new debate happen in Europe. Brace yourself and keep spreading the word! 

Unconditional regards,
– The coordination team

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