rights of workers

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Working and retiring abroad: overview on pension rights within the EU

Citizens recurrently turn to the Parliament requesting information on the EU rules concerning the accumulation of pension rights when having worked in several Member States.  All European countries are free to decide who is to be insured in their social security schemes under their national legislation, which benefits are granted and under what conditions. However, … Continue reading

New beginnings – April plenary session

Written by Clare Ferguson MEPs will have a brief, but full, plenary agenda on 15 April, beginning with a debate on the Commission proposal on the revision of the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), approved in the Budget Committee on 1 April. The MFF sets the financial ceilings for EU spending, and its revision would allow … Continue reading

Migrant workers’ conditions in Qatar: Prospects of change on the road to the 2022 World Cup

The decision of FIFA, world football’s governing body, to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, despite its climate constraints and the lack of a domestic football tradition, was a major victory in Qatar’s long-term strategy aimed at enhancing the Emirate’s international outreach, within a broader ambitious foreign policy. However commentators stress that the challenge … Continue reading

Facilitating intra-EU labour mobility

Free movement of workers is a fundamental principle of the European Union enshrined in Article 45 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Nevertheless, the way in which the rules on free movement of workers are applied can give rise to barriers and discriminatory practices based on nationality. The means to … Continue reading

Welfare benefits and intra-EU mobility

“Welfare tourism” expresses the concern that individuals use the right of free movement of persons with a view to benefiting from a more favourable welfare system. The principle of free movement of persons entitles EU citizens to reside in another Member State, under certain conditions. Only limited restrictions can curtail this right, namely temporary restrictions … Continue reading

EU jurisdiction rules applicable to employment

EU jurisdiction rules applicable to civil and commercial cases have recently been recast. However, the EP’s Committee on Legal Affairs suggests that further changes could be made in order to enhance employee protection. Background Within EU private international law the recast Brussels I Regulation (Brussels I) determines which court decides an employment dispute. The Rome … Continue reading

Tackling undeclared work

The European Commissions consultation process on 4th July focuses on the possible future EU measures to prevent and stop undeclared work through improved cooperation between Member States. Moreover, not only the EC communication “Towards a job-rich recovery” highlights the need for improved cooperation among Member States as to combat undeclared work, but also the recently-adopted Social Investment Packagecontains guidance to Member States … Continue reading

Occupational pensions: ‘Second pillar’ provision in the EU policy context

The ageing population in the European Union and the effects of the financial and economic crisis have strained the sustainability of public pension schemes in Member States (MS). To ensure adequate incomes for people after retirement, many MS are putting increasing emphasis on supplementary forms of retirement income. These include occupational pension schemes that provide … Continue reading

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