December 2012

With pleasure I present you our December trESS e-newsletter. Approaching the end of 2012 and already looking forward to 2013, we are happy to update you about what is going on in our project and, of course, about the latest developments in the field of EU social security coordination.

As to the activities of the project, we stick to our yearly habit of presenting you a number of interesting reports on the topic of EU social security coordination. Two of them (‘The coordination of unemployment benefits’ and ‘The coordination of benefits with activation measures’) have already been presented at the December meeting of the Administrative Commission and were very well received there. You can find the results of this work on the trESS website, so it is up to you to take a look at them as well and to let us know your comments via our social media pages. New topics for reports in 2013 have already been fixed. We would also like to remind you to take a look at our renewed website and to keep inviting your colleagues to join our social media platforms if they are interested in EU social security coordination.

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News from trESS

trESS reports finalised and published

Several trESS reports have now been published on the trESS website. They are the result of the work of a pool of experts. Next to the national experts involved in the project throughout the EEA, we also appeal to other analytical experts for our reporting, statistical and analytical activities.
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Preparing for trESS 2013

As the year 2012 is entering its final days, the plans for the following working year are already on the table. We are proud to briefly present you some of the trESS activities you may expect in working year 2013.
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Inside the Commission: preparing a first substantial revision of the ‘new' Regulations News from the Commission

Public Consultation: Coordination of long-term care benefits and unemployment benefits
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Thematic review seminar on 'Tackling long-term unemployment - effective strategies and tools to address long-term unemployment'
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Commission improves EURES jobseeker mobility network 
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Commission requests The Netherlands to pay disability allowance to insured people residing in another Member State
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Commission requests Slovakia to provide a Christmas supplement to pensioners resident in other Member States
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Ms Miroslava Hajkova is Legal Officer in the Unit ‘Free movement of workers and coordination of social security systems’ of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

She took up this responsibility in November 2009. Before, she worked at the Secretariat General and in DG Internal Market and Services of the European Commission. We found her prepared to give us in-depth information about the future plans of the Commission to substantively revise the current Regulations.
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News from the Official Journal

Programme of the 2013 Irish Presidency in the field of social security coordination

From 1 January to 30 June 2013 Ireland will hold the Presidency in the Council of the European Union. This is the seventh time Ireland has held the Presidency, the last being in 2004. Ireland will seek to progress a number of issues both in the Administrative Commission and the Council during its Presidency.
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2012 Practical Guide on the legislation that applies to workers in the European Union, the European Economic Area and in Switzerland
The Practical Guide on applicable legislation is available online.

2012 Consolidated version of Regulation 987/2009
The consolidated version of Regulation 987/2009, as amended by Regulation 465/2012 of 22 May 2012, is available online.

SSC literature corner

A selection of recent publications in the field of EU social security coordination.
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This e-newsletter has been produced under the responsibility of Yves Jorens.
Ghent University, Faculty of Law, Department of Social Law, Universiteitstraat 4, B - 9000 Ghent, BELGIUM