Reference Budgets


Welcome to the European Reference Budgets Network!

Over the past 20 years, the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament have underlined the importance of inclusion policies and adequate minimum income support. More recently, the instrumental role which reference budgets (RBs) could play in these regards has been recognised. In particular, the Social Investment Package adopted in 2013, proposed reference budgets as a means of helping both Member States to design efficient and adequate income support and the Commission to monitor the adequacy of income support in Europe.

Work on developing a common methodology for reference budgets was launched at the end of 2013 to support these ends.

This website presents information on the European Reference Budgets Network and provides links to other useful resources in respect of reference budgets.



Flyer Method Reference Budgets

Here you can access a flyer including a brief presentation on the proposed methodology for comparable reference budgets.


VIDEO presentation on the porposed methodology for comparable reference budgets

The proposal for a methodology for constructing comparable reference budgets for EU purposes will be published soon. Here you can access now already a video presentation of the report.


Pilot project for the development of a common methodology on reference budgets (2014-2015)

The contract for establishing the European Reference Budgets Network and developing a common methodology for building reference budgets in EU Member States was awarded to Applica and the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp. The work will be carried out with the support of national experts and stakeholders.

The first report, reviewing the state of the art of reference budgets in all EU Member States, has been published (see publications). A paper which explains the method that is tested for constructing comparable reference budgets, will be published soon on the website.


Project coordination and contact: Applica sprl,Rue Van Campenhout 37, 1000 Brussels (Belgium)