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Help shape EU legislation on social security

If you live and work abroad, you now have the chance to help shape EU legislation on social security. With a view to a future revision of EU rules on the coordination of social security systems, particularly in cross-border situations, the European Commission has launched a public consultation open until 5 March.
The aim of the public consultation is to gather ideas about how to ease problems and overcome obstacles in the coordination of unemployment and long-term care benefits for citizens living in a cross-border situation. These include migrant workers and respective family members, pensioners and their families, as well as other citizens who exercise their right to free movement in the EU.
The European Commission’s public consultation represents a chance for all citizens to influence policy on social security. If you live and work in another country – or even if you plan to do so in the near future – this is an opportunity to share your experiences.
EU rules coordinate but do not harmonise national social security schemes. Each EU Member State has its own system, comprising a different range of benefits. EU coordination rules exist to ensure that national legislation respects the principle of equality of treatment and that citizens in a mobility situation should not lose their social security rights.
In this context, in 2012 the European Commission launched an Impact Assessment to identify ways of improving the coordination of long-term care and unemployment benefits. The public consultation is one more step towards such improvement.
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Text last edited on: 02/2013

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