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Facilitating free movement: social security coordination in the EU - POSTPONED

09 December - 09 December 2015, Brussels (DG EMPL)


Over 8 million EU citizens live and work - or are looking for work - in an EU country other than their own. A further 1.6 million people are frontier workers who work in a Member State other than the one in which they reside. They are exercising the right to freedom of movement, which is a fundamental principle for all citizens of the European Union. On top of this, there are 1.3 million people who are posted workers in another country, in the context of the free provision of services.

The rules that surround these rights and ensure that there is neither discrimination nor exploitation of the system are complex and have developed over time. To respond to today's reality, the European Commission is looking at the full raft of legislation surrounding this and will present a Mobility Package on 9 December. It will include action to support labour mobility, a targeted review of the Posting of Workers Directive, as well as a proposal for improving the coordination of social security systems in Europe.

On this occasion, the European Journalism Centre in co-operation with the European Commission's DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, invites a group of journalists from the EU28 for an exclusive press event, which will take place in Brussels on 9 December 2015.

This seminar will clarify the complex situation in different EU countries and the many terms and statistics used. It will also provide an overview of the content of the Mobility Package, with journalists able to take part in the press conference with Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen.

The event is exclusively catered for specialist and expert journalists in the field of EU affairs.

Participants will arrive in Brussels on 8 December in the evening and depart back to their home countries on 9 December. Flights, accommodation and meals during the programme will be arranged and covered by the organisers.

If you are interested in attending this seminar, we advise you to apply as soon as possible at www.ejcseminars.eu as places are limited.

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