Reference Budgets

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Who are we?

European Reference Budgets Network

The European Reference Budgets Network project is a pilot project, funded by the European Commission and initiated by the European Parliament, running from January 2014 till June 2015.

It aims to develop a common methodology, as well as reference budgets for three household types (single, one adult with two children, and two adults and two children) in the capital regions of 28 Member States. Reference Budgets are defined as priced baskets of goods and services that represent adequate standards of living.

The project is also aimed at establishing a network with the capacity to provide intellectual and practical support to the design and development of complete reference budgets in all EU Member States, in line with the common methodology. The approach adopted will be a consensual one and will incorporate both expert knowledge and experience expressed by people in focus groups about the essential needs that have to be fulfilled in order for people to participate fully in society.

The project is run by Applica and the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp on behalf of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

Project Director:   Bea Cantillon

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Project Manager: Loredana Sementini
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Project Leaders:   Bérénice Storms
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Tim Goedemé
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Network Building Coordinator: Anne Van Lancker
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Core Team & EU expert team 


National Lead Experts


Domain Coordinators

 

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