EU social security coordination rules

July 30, 2015

635724806720030316-ThinkstockPhotos-469557839The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the EU rules on social security coordination. The aim of this consultation is to gather your views on the functioning of the current coordination rules in several cross-border situations. The outcome of this consultation will contribute to the wider preparatory work for a possible revision of the EU rules on social security coordination.

In particular, we would like to have your views on:

  • family benefits,
  • unemployment benefits,
  • posted workers.

Answering to the online questionnaire (in any official EU language) should take around 20 minutes. The consultation is open until 7 October.


As an EU citizen, you have the right to work in any EU country and to reside there for that purpose. This also applies to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (and their citizens).

The so-called “EU social security coordination” provides rules to protect the rights of people moving within the EU, to ensure they do not lose their social security protection when moving to another EU country. If you move to work or reside in another EU country, most likely you will also be covered by another social security system.

Every social security system is different. EU law, in particular Regulation (EC) No 883/2004, establishes common rules and principles aimed at coordinating social security rights acquired in different countries.

The first EU social security coordination rules were adopted in 1958. Since then, they have been updated many times and their scope has been enlarged to include more social security benefits and more groups of mobile persons.

The Commission is currently considering another update to ensure that these rules respond to social, economic and political developments in the EU countries. This initiative is part of the “Labour Mobility Package” announced in the Commission Work Programme 2015.