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Social security rights

European rules on social security do not replace national social security schemes by a single European system but provide for simple coordination of the national systems to ensure that you can get what you are entitled to when you move around in the EU.

For more information about social security rights – Your Europe for Citizens.

EU countries are responsible for their own pension systems. But…

EU coordination of national social security schemes helps people who choose to work or retire in another EU country.

For more information about national social protection schemes:

Working/studying in the European Union

EURES - European Job Mobility Portal – information on jobs and learning opportunities throughout Europe.

EURES advisors in your country – guidance for jobseekers and employers.

Working in another EU country – rights and obligations of European citizens working in another EU country.

Starting school in a new country – information about school systems in the EU.

Looking for work abroad – your rights as an EU national and information on procedures.

Directorate-General for Education and Culture – EU policies and rules for students.

EURES - European Job Mobility Portal – information on jobs and learning opportunities throughout Europe.

Directorate-General for Home Affairs – EU policies and rules for non-EU nationals wishing to work in the EU.

If you are a non-EU national but are part of the family of an EU national working in another EU country, you have rights under EU law: for more information see Working in another EU country.

Funding / Grants

The European Commission does not provide grants directly to students.

European Social Fund (ESF) – funding to help people improve their work skills and job prospects: contact the fund manager in your country.

European funding programmes on education and training (including Erasmus).

Introduction to EU funding – funding procedures, types of grants, funding opportunities.

PROGRESS Microfinance – loans of up to €25 000 to set up or develop a small business.

Enterprise Europe Network – helps small businesses develop and access funding.

Your Europe for business – information on doing business in another EU country and funding opportunities.

Calls for tender and calls for proposals published by the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

Introduction to EU funding – funding procedure, types of grants, funding opportunities.

Tenders electronic daily (TED) – public procurement notices from Europe and the EU institutions.

Information / Documentation

Your Europe Advice – free legal advice on EU rights for citizens.

SOLVIT – helps individuals and businesses with cross-border problems caused when public authorities in the EU don't apply EU law properly.

European Ombudsman – for complaints about maladministration in the activities of the institutions and bodies of the EU.

European Commission, Secretariat-General – for complaints against an EU country for any measure (law, regulation or administrative action) or practice of national authorities which you consider incompatible with a rule or principle of EU law.

There is no general ESF logo but each EU country uses its own logo. To use the right version, contact the National ESF Authorities.

Yes. Please see the conditions for third parties to use the European emblem.

If you are in an EU country, you should apply for permission to the European Commission.

If you are in a non-EU country, you should apply to the Council of Europe.

European Documentation Centres (EDC) – to consult official EU publications.

European Commission Libraries Catalogue (ECLAS) – contains references to the collections of the Commission's Central Library.

EU Bookshop – online bookshop and archive of publications from EU institutions.

Publications catalogue – download and read our publications online.

EU-Bookshop – order a free copy of any of our recent publications online

Contact us – for multiple copies (for events). Please order at least 2 weeks before the date of your event, specifying the title of the publication, the catalogue number, the language, the number of copies and the full delivery address.

Subscribe to Social Agenda magazine. Subscriptions are limited to maximum 9 copies.


Working for the European Commission

European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) – job opportunities in the European Institutions.