The Department
 
Social Charter
Social Security
 

Themes

Standards setting
Coordination of national legislations
 

Activities

Mutual Information System on Social Protection (MISSCEO)
  Publications
Publications on social security
Contacts

Coordination of national legislations

Co-ordination of social security is concerned with migrants, people who move to another country in order to live or work there. Co-ordination provisions ensure that migrants are treated fairly as regards social security. They also aim to reduce some of the disadvantages of moving from one state to another, particularly in respect of long-term benefits such as old age pensions. Co-ordination provisions do not oblige states to directly alter the substance of their social security laws. The amount of benefit, duration of payment and qualification periods all remain the same. Instruments of co-ordination only really effect the situation of migrants, for example by obliging states not to treat migrants differently from nationals.

The European Convention on Social Security and its Protocol, the European Convention on Social and Medical Assistance and the two European Interim Agreements on Social Security (relating to old age, invalidity and survivors and relating to other than schemes for old age, invalidity and survivors), are the international co-ordination conventions of the Council of Europe aimed at co-ordinating the provision of national social security systems.

The European Convention on Social Security is a comprehensive yet flexible instrument based on four principles of international coordination of national social security schemes:

equality of treatment,
a single set of national legislation applicable,
maintenance of acquired rights and rights in the course of acquisition,
payment of benefits abroad.

It applies to all general social security schemes and special schemes whether contributory or non-contributory, in respect of sickness and maternity, invalidity, old-age and survivor's benefits, occupational injuries and disease benefits, death grants, unemployment and family benefits.

The Protocol to the European Convention on Social Security amends certain provisions of the Convention with a view to extending its personal scope to third country nationals.

 

 
Documentation
 
European Convention on Social Security


Supplementary Agreement for the Application of the European Convention on Social Security


Protocol to the European Convention on Social Security


European Convention on Social and Medical Assistance


Protocol to the European Convention on Social and Medical Assistance


Interim Agreement on Social Security Schemes relating to old age, invalidity and survivors


Protocol to the European Interim Agreement on Social Seurity relating to Old Age, Invalidity and Survivors


Interim Agreement on Social Security other than schemes for old age, invalidity and survivors


Protocol to the European Interim Agreement on Social Security other than Schemes for Old Age, Invalidity  and Survivors


Taxation at source of exported old-age pensions


Model provisions for a bilateral social security agreement and explanatory report


The specific situation of female migrant workers in relation to social security