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To the background
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) has just launched an on-line advertising campaign centered around the rights of cross-border workers in the field of social security - to which this video belongs.
But what exactly does the general direction do? Well, she provides information on European social security coordination legislation. Because in the EU, uniform rules apply to the protection of your social security rights if you are within Europe (EU 27 + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).
When are the regulations?
However, European legislation on the coordination of social security does not replace national systems. Each country can freely decide who is to be insured under its national legislation and which benefits are granted on what conditions. These rules apply in particular to:
- Nationals of the EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland who are or have been insured in one of these countries, as well as their family members,
- Stateless persons or refugees domiciled in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland who are or have been insured in one of these countries, as well as their family members,
- Nationals of non-EU countries legally residing in the EU and moving from one country to another, and their family members.
The basic principles of social insurance in Europe
- They are always subject to the legislation of a single country at any one time and therefore pay contributions only in one country. The legal regulations govern you will be decided by the social security authorities. There is no choice for you here.
- You have the same rights and obligations as the nationals of the country in which you are insured. This is also referred to as the principle of equal treatment or non-discrimination.
- If you claim a benefit, your previous periods of insurance, employment or residence in other countries may be taken into account.
- If you are eligible for cash benefits in one country, you can generally receive them even if you live in another country. This is called the principle of exportability.
For more information on the rights of citizens moving to another EU country, visit the European Commission website:http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=854undlangId=de
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