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According to a study just published by the European Commission in most EU countries, EU citizens from other Member States use welfare benefits no more intensively than the host country's nationals. Mobile EU citizens are less likely to receive disability and unemployment benefits in most countries studied.
INCA CGIL in Brussels carried out TESSE, a transnational pilot project aiming at bolstering the exchange of best practices in the field of free movement, taking into account the entry into force of new EC Regulations 883/2004 and 987/2009.
The main objective of the project was to protect workers’ rights and promote the European integration through the monitoring of social policies in the Member States.
The project ran from February 2011 until November 2012. Its activities involved trade unions and organisations willing to raise awareness of the services provided to EU citizens by competent institutions. Its purpose was to pave the way for a better dissemination of information among citizens moving within the EU labour market.
In order to improve the coordination of social security systems between EU Member States, the INCA CGIL called on local authorities to take responsibility in supporting migrant workers and making them aware of European provisions in the field of social protection.