Minimum Income Schemes (MIS) are defined as “income support schemes which provide a safety net for those who cannot work or access a decent job and are not eligible for social insurance payments or those whose entitlements to these have expired”. They should therefore not be confused with the concept of minimum wage.
Representatives from the EU and the IMF are headed back to Athens to begin negotiations over the third bailout after Greece’s late payment to its international creditors. Technical experts on both sides will officially begin the debate surrounding fiscal and labour issues as well as pensions on Tuesday, 28 July.
It’s been one year since the European Parliament inaugurated its eighth legislature on 1 July 2014. Whenever the question of the lack of democratic legitimacy is mentioned—a problem almost unanimously acknowledged in the Union—everybody turns to the European Parliament as the entity called to be the solution.