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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.
The European Commission welcomes the final adoption by the European Parliament of the Directive improving the protection of supplementary pension rights for mobile workers.
The new rules will help to remove current obstacles to free movement, such as the requirement for very long periods of employment to acquire these rights or the risk of the rights being lost when leaving a pension scheme.
The Directive will improve the protection of mobile workers' supplementary pension rights (i.e. rights under occupational pension schemes – so-called 'second-pillar' pension schemes which are linked to an employment relationship) in three ways: