Coordination of social security systems: Council agrees general approach


From left to right: Ms Marianne THYSSEN, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility; Ms Magdalena VALERIO CORDERO, Spanish Minister of Labour, Migration and Social Security.

Photo: European Union

On 21 June 2018, the Council agreed its negotiating position (general approach) on the coordination of social security systems (revision of regulations 883/2004 and 987/2009). On the basis of this mandate, the Council Presidency will start negotiations with the European Parliament once the latter has adopted its position.

"The coordination of social security systems plays a key role in ensuring that the free movement of people works in practice. This update of the rules will make them clearer, fairer and easier to enforce."

Biser Petkov, Minister for Labour and Social Policies

The revision of the regulations on coordination of social security systems aims at modernising the rules by bringing them in line with the development of national social security systems, as well as making them clearer, fairer and simpler to enforce. This will make it easier for people to move freely within the EU.

The draft amending regulation focuses on five areas: unemployment benefits, long-term care benefits, access to benefits for economically inactive persons, family benefits and applicable legislation for posted workers and persons working in two or more member states. It also includes a number of other smaller amendments.

Read the full press release here.

Visit the meeting the page on the website of the Council of the European Union.

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