Employment MEPs want to ensure more flexibility and clarity for EU mobile workers

Thyssen 2018 EMployment

Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.© European Union , 2014

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


Updated rules for EU mobile workers aim to protect fair access to social security while distributing obligations fairly and fostering cooperation among member states.

The modernised rules for coordinating social security systems, adopted by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee on Tuesday, focused on facilitating labour mobility while safeguarding rights in cross-border situations, by determining under which country’s system a person is insured (i.e. paying contributions and receiving benefits).

Additionally, new provisions foster cooperation between member states so that the necessary information is promptly shared, ensuring workers’ access to social security and identifying error or fraud.

Unemployment benefits

  • Export of unemployment benefits: MEPs agreed that an insured person could retain unemployment benefits for six months after leaving a member state and this member state would be able to prolong the period until the benefit expires.
  • Uniform rules for aggregation of periods: insurance periods completed elsewhere should accumulate. Aggregation would kick in after a worker is insured in a new member state for at least one day.
  • Frontier and cross-border workers should be given a choice of whether to receive unemployment benefits from the last member state of activity or from the member state of residence, depending on where they have better job prospects.

Family benefits

MEPs also agreed that family benefits in cash, which are primarily intended to replace income when a person has given up work to raise a child, should be distinguished from other family benefits, so that they count as a personal benefit for the parent concerned in a competent member state. In cases where family benefits in a place of residence and in a place of insurance overlap, member states would be able to allow such personal benefits to be kept.

Long-term care benefits

Employment Committee MEPs also adopted provisions meant to avoid protection gaps and establish legal clarity and transparency regarding long-term care benefits for an insured person that requires assistance. In accordance with the case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union, long-term care benefits for insured persons and members of their families should, in principle, continue to be coordinated following the rules applicable to sickness benefits. The updated rules take into account the specific nature of long-term care benefits and the needs of economically active and inactive persons.

Workers sent abroad

Workers (including self-employed persons) sent abroad for up to 18 months remain entitled to receive benefits in the member state where their employer is established, provided that they were insured there for at least 3 months. The competent institution in the sending member state would have to be notified prior to workers being sent abroad.

Member states should cooperate using the notification system to rule out abuse such as letter box companies for which the worker’s residence cannot be established.

Guillaume Balas (S&D, FR) the lead MEP, said: “Ensuring social rights for all Europeans is not a variable to be adjusted depending on the economic situation in different member states; it is, on the contrary, an indispensable condition for the defense of a Europe of progress”.

“Social Europe cannot be achieved without real social protection for all, and this will require a tangible improvement in social rights and stronger rules to combat the abuse and fraud at the expense of European workers”.

Background: current principles on coordination of social security systems

  • Citizens are covered by the legislation in one country at a time and only pay contributions in one country (prevention of overlapping benefits).
  • Foreign citizens have the same rights and obligations as the nationals of the country where they are covered (principle of equal treatment or non-discrimination).
  • Previous periods of insurance, work or residence in other countries are taken into account when granting a benefit.
  • Cash benefits from one country can be paid throughout the EU and most of them can be exported.

Next steps

The text was adopted with 29 votes to 19, and 5 abstentions. The final shape of the rules will now be decided during talks between the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

MWC 2016: IoT experts fret over fragmentation

What paleoecology can teach us about fires in the Amazon

3 ways to fight short-termism and relaunch Europe

EU Parliament semi worried over democratic deficit

These are the countries where most adults still don’t have a smartphone

Scoring for the environment: what Mathieu Flamini’s top-flight football career taught him about leadership

We can decide to live within the limits of our planet

Eurozone economy desperately needs internally driven growth

Guterres calls for ‘maximum restraint’ following drone assault on key Saudi oil facility

New Zealand will have a new ‘well-being budget,’ says Jacinda Ardern

The business case for investing in sustainable plastics

Deaths from far-right terrorism have more than tripled in the West

Why is Grexit again in the news? Who is to pay for Eurozone’s banking problems?

Merkel had it her way with the refugees & immigrants but can Greece and Turkey deliver?

Turkey presents a new strategy for EU accession but foreign policy could be the lucky card

The latest emoji are more inclusive – but who approves them?

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Climate emergency, call to support breastfeeding, rising political heat and new investigation board for Syria

German banks suffer of nausea amidst rough seas

The strong version of the EU banking union gains momentum

‘No steps taken’ so far to end Israel’s illegal settlement activity on Palestinian land – UN envoy

GSMA Announces New Keynote Speakers, Event Updates for 2019 “MWC Los Angeles, in Partnership with CTIA”

Study: Trade supports over 36 million jobs across the EU

UN Security Council welcomes results of Mali’s presidential elections

Companies can help solve water scarcity. Here’s how

‘Virtual Biopsy’ device detects skin tumours in 15 minutes

UN chief condemns suspected Boko Haram attacks targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Nigeria

UN agencies call for more resettlement and end to detention of asylum seekers in Libya

How distorted is the EU labour market by this crisis?

Monday’s Daily Brief: human rights in the Near East and a Forum for Refugees

EU finally agreed to cut roaming charges in 2017 but criticism is always there

Millions of young lives at risk due to humanitarian funding shortfall: UNICEF

This is why mountains matter more than you think

Further reforms in Japan needed to meet the challenges of population ageing and high public debt

These are the countries that eat the most meat

Advocate General ‘outlaws’ Data Retention Directive

Central African Republic: Guterres says UN mission committed to protecting civilians, helping stabilize country, as violence flares

EU Commission: Growth first then fiscal consolidation

5 ways blockchain can transform the world of impact investing

The Eurogroup offered a cold reception to IMF’s director for Europe

A Sting Exclusive: EU Commission’s Vice President Šefčovič accentuates the importance of innovation to EU’s Energy Union

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “European unity and cooperation is being called on question”, Vice President Joe Biden criticizes from Davos

Will the EU reconsider Frontex’s role in light of accusations about violations of migrants’ human rights?

UN condemns attack on Ebola treatment centre in DR Congo which left doctor dead, two others injured

‘No-deal’ Brexit preparedness: European Commission takes stock of preparations and provides practical guidance to ensure coordinated EU approach

The US bugged Europe: Is this news?

World Television Day celebrates an integral part of modern life

Chart of the day: This is what violence does to a nation’s GDP

Here are 3 ways venture capital can fund a better future

There are now four competing visions of the internet. How should they be governed?

The world needs a grand coalition to tackle climate change

Who cares about the unity of Ukraine?

Civilians ‘must never be a target,’ says UN in Afghanistan, amid troubling number of casualties during Ramadan

What UK and EU risk if Brexit “wins” these elections

French full-body veil ban, violated women’s freedom of religion: UN Human Rights Committee

OECD and European Commission join forces to further support structural reforms in European countries

Much more than a ‘lifeline’ for millions of households, remittances can spur global growth, says UN agency

Libya detention centre airstrike could amount to a war crime says UN, as Guterres calls for independent investigation

The Sichuan Province of China presents its cultural treasure to the EU

Terrorist content online should be removed within one hour, says EP

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Syrian detainees, Zimbabwe hunger crisis, Kabul attack, Mexico disappearances, new tech to feed the world

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s