EU social security coordination rules (Regulation EC No 883/2004 and formerly Regulation (EEC) No 1408/71) give EU citizens the same rights and obligations as nationals of the country where they are covered. All pensions based on national legislation, such as civil or military service pensions, fall under the protection of these rules.
The Commission became aware of the infringement in Malta through several petitions submitted to the European Parliament. The Commission requested Malta to take measures to stop cutting civil service pensions from other Member States (see IP/12/174) but no such measures have been notified to the Commission.
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