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Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI)

EESSI is an IT system that will help social security bodies across the EU exchange information more rapidly and securely – as required by EU regulations on social security coordination.

At the moment there is no EU-wide system and most exchanges are still paper-based.

How will it work?

All communication between national bodies on cross-border social security files will take place using structured electronic documents.

These documents will be routed through the EESSI (hosted centrally by the European Commission) to the correct destination in another EU country.

Staff in social security bodies will be able to find the correct destination in another EU country using a directory of national bodies.

What are the benefits?

For the public:

  • faster management of claims
  • faster calculation and payment of benefits

For public administrations:

  • standardised flows of information
  • better multilingual communication thanks to common structured documents
  • optimised verification and collection of data