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Council meeting room 16/02/2012

Employment and Social Policy Council

The Council of EU Employment and Social Policy Ministers will meet on 17 February in Brussels.

Council room 01/12/2011

Employment and Social Policy Council

The EU's Council of Employment and Social Policy Ministers will meet on 1 December in Brussels. The Council is due to discuss the 2012 Annual Growth Survey and Joint Employment Report with the view to the European Council on 9 December 2011.

Nurse loading bags into the trunk of a car 11/11/2011

New study on labour mobility within the EU, the impact of enlargement and the functioning of the transitional arrangements

Seven years after the 2004 enlargement of the EU, this study looks at the economic and labour market impact of east-west labour mobility flows in recent years, with a particular focus on mobility from Bulgaria and Romania.

Customs signs 11/11/2011

Report shows overall positive impact of mobility of Bulgarian and Romanian workers on EU economy

A new report published by the European Commission highlights the overall positive role that mobile workers from Bulgaria and Romania (EU-2) have played in receiving countries' economies.

Mother and son cooking together 26/10/2011

Commission requests Italy to pay family benefits to cross-border workers

The European Commission has requested Italy to comply with its obligations under EU law to pay certain family allowances given by the region of Trentino-Alto Adige and the province of Bolzano to people working there but living in Austria.

Two women getting advice from a public servant in a labour office 26/10/2011

Commission requests Greece to end discrimination in access to local administration posts

The European Commission has requested Greece to bring its rules on accessing certain posts in local administrations into line with EU law on the free movement of workers by ending discrimination against people from other Member States.

Enclosed house 29/09/2011

Commission requests United Kingdom to end discrimination of EU nationals residing in the UK regarding their rights to specific social benefits

EU nationals who habitually reside in the UK are subject to the so-called 'right to reside' test to qualify for certain social security benefits. As this test indirectly discriminates non-UK nationals coming from other EU Member States it contravenes EU law.

Female professor erasing a chalkboard 29/09/2011

Commission requests Malta to end discrimination against workers with professional experience acquired in another Member State

The European Commission has requested Malta to take previous periods of comparable employment acquired by teachers in another Member State into account when determining their working conditions (e.g. salary, grade; career advancement) for state school teachers working in Malta.

Maps and a suitcase with a sticker in which is written 'Europe' 11/08/2011

The Commission accepts that Spain can temporarily restrict the free movement of Romanian workers

Following a request from the Spanish authorities on 28th July 2011, the European Commission has approved Spain's request to restrict its labour market to Romanian workers until 31 December 2012 due to serious disturbances on its labour market.

Person with a rolling suitcase 25/07/2011

Social security coverage is fundamental for mobile EU citizens, Court of Justice reaffirms

The Court of Justice of the European Union in its judgment in Case C-503/09 (Lucy Stewart) confirmed the fundamental status of EU citizenship and its rights, in particular the freedom to move and reside in another EU country, as well as the right to social security coverage.


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