UBI is the inevitable solution – Budapest, Hungary, 20-21 November 2015

2015 November 20 @ 09:30 – 2015 November 21 @ 17:00
Hotel Classic Budapest
Zólyomi út 6
1118 Hungary
Entrance free, donations welcomed


We often talk about unconditional basic income nowadays.  This subject divides political parties, leaders of economy, social organisations and even ordinary citizens. Lot of people see this as the only solution, while others discard it outright– often without the slightest understanding of the idea.

To grasp the concept and to get it better known internationally and nationally, the First Hungarian Unconditional Basic Income Association (FNA Egyesület) in co-operation with Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE) is organising  an International Conference with the participation of experts from 12 countries in Budapest. The concept and its feasibility will be explained by speakers specialised in the subject.

In this optimistic spirit we cordially invite You to our Conference with the title:

We Don’t Have Freedom Without Basic Income – UBI is the Inevitable Solution

The location for the Conference is at

Hotel Classic Budapest
1118 Budapest, Zólyomi utca 6.




Friday, 20 November 2015

Chairs: Judit Morva, György DroppaDániel Fehér

  • 09:30 Registration


Words of welcome

  • 10:15 — 10:20 Györgyi Szentpéteri, Chair of the First Hungarian Unconditional Basic Income Association
  • 10:20 — 10:25 Barb Jacobson, Chair of Unconditional Basic Income Europe and Co-ordinator of Basic Income UK ( London)

Section One

  • 10:25 — 10:35 Dániel Fehér (Brussels), Unconditional Basic Income Europe core group member
    Presentation: International lobbying for basic income: the role of BIEN and UBIE

Section Two

  • 10:35 — 10:45 Barb Jacobson, Chair of Unconditional Basic Income Europe and a
    co-ordinator of Basic Income UK. ( London)
    Presentation: UBI and the refugees in Europe
  • 10:45 — 11:00 Discussion

Section Three

Inequality of Freedom.

  • 11:00 — 11:40 Dr. Zoltán Pogátsa (Hungary), Associate Professor at the University of Western Hungary, researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
    Presentation: The role of wage policy in economic development
  • 11:40 — 12:20 Dr. Karl Widerquist, (USA), PhD in Political Theory from Oxford University and in Economics from the City University of New York
    Presentation: The Inequality of Freedom
  • 12:20 — 13:00 Discussion

Lunch break

Section Four (A)

Social/welfare inequality and the reasons for this. Low wages. The situation in Hungary and internationally. Degrees of poverty. Through the eyes of a politician, a Union member, an overseas and a local Civil Society Organisation.

  • 15:00 — 15:15 László Johanna (Hungary), Sociologist, Social Worker, European Anti-Poverty Network
    Presentation: Civil action for the worthy living – Experiences of the Hungarian Anti-Poverty Network
  • 15:15 — 15:35 Lajos Korózs (Hungary), Politician/Sociologist
    Presentation: Working-poverty and its effect on the employees in poverty and its effects on society
  • 15:35 — 15:45 Tamás Székely  (Hungary), Deputy Chair of the Hungarian Chemical Energy Industry and related Trade Industry Workers Union’s(VDSZ)
    Presentation: Subsistence level versus minimum income
  • 15:45 — 16:00, Georgi Nedelchev, Activist of UBI (Bulgaria)
    Presentation: What about Bulgaria – situation, opinions on the introduction of the UBI
  • 16:00 — 16:20 Break

Section Four (B)

Lack of workplaces, reduced working hours, pensions.
Let’s face the facts. Inequality in Healthcare and the UBI

  • 16:20 — 16:30 Dr. Anna Ried (Canada)
    Interview with Enno Schmidt (video, approx. 6 minutes with Hungarian subtitles): People get sick because they are poor
  • 16:30 — 14:40 Mátyás Benyik (Hungary), Chairman of attac Hungary
    Presentation: Deficit of workplace – reduced working hours
  • 16.40 — 16:55 Margareta Steinrücke, (Germany) Spokeswoman of the German Chamber of Workers Bremen, sociologist, writer
    Presentation: 30 Hours a Week for Europe – Overcoming the Crisis with Shorter Working Hours
  • 16:55 — 17:40 Discussion

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Chairs: Alexandra Köves, György Droppa, Dániel Fehér

Section One (A)

People who think differently.
UBI models.
Sustainabilty, Degrowth.

  • 10:00 — 10:20 Bence Tordai (Hungary), Economist/Sociologist/Politician
    Presentation: The secure base – Basic Income proposal and the possibilities of introduction in Hungary by the PM party (Dialogue for Hungary)
  • 10:20 — 11:00 Gabriel Karácsony, (Slovakia) enginer, activist of DANUBKA (New Political Movement in Slovakia)
    Presentation: UBI as part of a new social and economical system
  • 11:00 — 11:20 Klaus Sambor (Austria), Engineer, Co-ordinator between attac Austria and UBI Austria
    Presentation: The Austrian national funding model and the international strategic considerations.”
  • 11.20 — 11:40 Discussion
  • 11:40 — 12:00 Break

Section One (B)

  • 12:00 — 12:20 Adriaan Planken, (The Netherlands), Treasurer of UBIE and Chair of UBI Netherlands
    Presentation: The Framing of the Idea of (Unconditional) Basic Income. The advantages/disadvantages of the mushrooming Dutch idea and in what way they differ from the original UBI proposals of UBI Netherlands
  • 12:20 — 12:40 Marcus Brancaglione (Brasil), Philosopher, Co-founder of the Re-Civitas Institute
    Presentation: The pioneers of change from Brasil.
  • 12:40 — 13:00 Vincent Liegey (France), Engineer, independent researcher on Degrowth,
    Presentation: UBI, a springboard toward sustainable and desirable Degrowth
  • 13:00 — 13:30 Discussion

Lunch Break

Section Two

Research into the Future.  Megatrends.

  • 14:45 — 15:00 Dr. Tibor Németh (Hungary), Financial economist
    Presentation: Population, growth, employment from close up, and at a distance (or: “Let see the wood from the trees”)
  • 15:00 — 15:15 Dr. Alexandra Köves (Hungary), Ecological economist, Budapest Corvinus University
    Presentation: Unconditional Basic Income as a tool of redefining work for a de-growth Economy
  • 15:15 — 15:35 Discussion
  • 15:35 — 15:55 Break

Section Three (A)

The philosophy of UBI – Paradigmatic Change. The introduction of UBI isn’t an economic issue. The UBI isn’t a target, but a means towards a knowledge- and people centered society.

  • 15:55 — 16:15 János Tőzsér (Hungary), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kaposvár and ELTE Budapest & Judit Gebert (Hungary), Economist at the University of Szeged
    Presentation: About the vision behind basic income
  • 16:15 — 16:25 Discussion
  • 16:25 — 16:40 Break

Section Three (B)

  • 16:40 — 17:20 Enno Schmidt (Switzerland), Artist, Chairman of the Swiss Kulturimpuls Association
    Presentation: The introduction of unconditional basic income in Switzerland and the soul of men
  • 17:20 — 18:00 Discussion

See also:

Kind regards,

The Hungarian FNA Team:
Györgyi Szentpéteri (Chair of Association)
Evamaria Langer-Dombrady (Secretary & Coordinator)
Zita Stockwell-Szabadka (English Correspondence)
Ursula Pflieger (German Correspondence)

Első Magyar Feltétel Nélküli Alapjövedelemért Egyesület (FNA Egyesület)

Account: Budapest Bank, HU65-10100833-67122200-01004007
VAT Nr: 18645778-1-13

The conference is organised in partnership with the Green Academy Hungary Association (Zöld Szabadegyetem Egyesület)