Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion


(Updated 2018)

At some point in our lives we may well need to depend on social security benefits. These are available for nationals living in their own country who meet the relevant requirements; but you also have a right to claim if you are from one EU country and are living in another. Read on to find out when you can claim, what you are entitled to and how you can apply.

Family benefits
Maternity and paternity benefits

Sickness cash benefits
Long-term care

Benefits in respect of accidents at work and occupational diseases
Invalidity benefits

Old-age and survivors
Old-age pensions and benefits
Survivor’s benefits

Social assistance
Guaranteed minimum resources

Unemployment benefit
Retraining allowance

Moving abroad
Any insurance periods you have completed in other Member States will also be taken into account.

Main residence
Habitual residence

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