Reference Budgets



Concluding seminar (Brussels, 2 June 2015)

Tuesday, 05 May 2015

The pilot project for developing a common methodology for reference budgets in Europe was launched by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the end of 2013 and is now coming to an end. The project has three main objectives. The first is to establish a reference budgets network composed of key experts and representative stakeholders, at national and EU level, to share experience and expertise on reference budgets. The second objective is to develop a theoretical framework and a common methodology for developing cross-nationally comparable reference budgets in European Member States. The third goal of the project is to develop comparable food baskets for all 28 Member States and complete reference budgets for a selection of countries.

The results of this ambitious project will be presented at this concluding seminar which will bring together policy-makers, experts and representatives of civil society.


Towards a method for comparable reference budgets for EU purposes: flyer

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

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


VIDEO presentation on the proposed methodology for comparable reference budgets

Wednesday, 01 April 2015
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)

Wednesday, 09 July 2014

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)