Estonian parlt to handle address re citizen's basic income

  • 2019-06-18
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The board of the Estonian parliament decided to admit to handling a collective address submitted by Jaanus Nurmoja requesting a study into the impact of citizen's income.

Nurmoja on May 29 initiated a collective address entitled "Of the study of the feasibility and impact of unconditional basic income (citizen's income) in Estonia" and submitted it to handing in the social affairs committee of the Riigikogu, spokespeople for the parliament told BNS on Tuesday.

The initiators of the address are requesting for a study to be conducted on the feasibility of establishing citizen's income in Estonia and are seeking for a test to be carried out on the matter, preferably in an entire county.

Unconditional basic income is a regular remuneration paid by the state to all legal residents or citizens, which covers basic needs and allows people to be active members of the society. Citizen's income is paid without any economic preconditions, which means that wages, entrepreneurial income or the amount thereof would not affect the payment or size of the basic living stipend.