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August 10, 2022

SOEP Brown Bag Seminar

Europe’s biggest Basic Income pilot project. The Catalan case.


August 10, 2022


Francine D. Blau Room
DIW Berlin
Room 3.3.002b
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin


Aida Martínez Tinaut, Team of Experts for Catalonia's Office of the Pilot Plan to Implement the Universal Basic Income
After the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, Catalonia is set to be the place of the most ambitious Universal Basic Income (UBI) pilot experiment in Europe to date. Up to 5,000 participants will be selected to receive for two years (2023-2024) an individual cash benefit of 800 EUR (300 EUR for minors), unconditionally. The Catalan pilot project will also test the universality of the Basic Income, as it will take place in two Catalan towns randomly selected. Since February, a team of experts is working in the design of the pilot experiment of an idea that was considered outlandish not so many years ago, but that starts now to gain traction in Europe as Austria, Ireland, Wales, Berlin or Poznan debate or implement Basic Income or Basic Income-related schemes, and that even has the support of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres.