Op-Ed: “Distributing the cake in times of pandemic: Weighing the pros and cons of the Universal Basic Income proposal” by Borja Barragué and Guillermo Kreiman
On May 15th, the European Commission registered the proposal for a European Citizens’ Initiative called ‘Start Unconditional Basic Incomes (UBI) throughout the EU’. The initiative itself sets out both the objectives and the criteria that define the UBI. Regarding the first, the UBI has the double objective of guaranteeing the material existence and the social and political participation of all people. Regarding the second, the four characteristics that define the UBI are its universality, individuality, unconditionality and sufficiency.
Based on these four criteria, the UBI is defined as an economic cash benefit that the government of a political community pays to each of the legal residents of its territory (individualised paymen