Minister of Social Protection, Kaia Iva, will participate in the Employment-, Social Policy-, and Health and Consumer Affairs Council meeting on Friday in Brussels, where updating EU rules on social security coordination will be discussed. Kaia Iva will also meet with Commissioner Věra Jourová, and the Swedish, Finnish, Austrian and Bulgarian ministers.
Minister of Social Protection, Kaia Iva: “The social security coordination rules have an important role in ensuring the free movement of people, because these guarantee social security protection also in cases, where people work and live in different Member States. It needs to be clear to people who have exercised the right of free movement, what their rights are and who will be responsible for the payment of the benefits. This is relevant for instance in the case of Family Benefits, where it often happens that one parent is working in one country and the family lives in another country.”
The European Commission has proposed to make the coordination rules of social security clearer and farer. The proposal concerns family-, unemployment- and long-term care benefits, posted workers and access to social benefits for economically inactive people.
On Friday, the ministers shall also discuss the priorities of employment and social policies in Europe in the year 2017 and states’ experiences in implementing the country-specific recommendations. The Council conclusions on the 2017 Annual Growth Survey and Joint Employment Report and Council conclusions on improving skills of women and men in the EU Labour Market are also approved.
During the visit, Minister Iva shall meet with Věra Jourová, the Commissioner for Justice, Consumer Protection and Gender Equality in the European Union, Annika Strandhall, the Swedish Minister of Social Security, Pirkko Mattila, the Finnish Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Alois Stöger, the Federal Minister for Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection in Austria, and Golab Donev, the Bulgarian Labour and Social Policy Minister.