December 2013

It is with great pleasure that I present to you our final trESS e-Newsletter of the year 2013. At the same time, I present this newsletter with a mixed feeling of great pride and some sadness, as it also announces the end of an era. Indeed, this newsletter will be the last one labelled under the ‘trESS network’. As our project comes to an end in 2013 after an interesting and inspiring journey of as much as nine years, the trESS newsletter will as such disappear. However, as of January 2014, trESS will be replaced by a broader project called ‘FreSsco’. FreSsco will be a completely ‘fresh’ project, merging content-wise the trESS network on EU social security coordination with the Free Movement of Workers network. According to a common saying, one plus one often equals three. This new project therefore promises to bring us very challenging and stimulating times. We already warmly invite you to continue following our activities.

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News from trESS

trESS reports 2013

As announced, the different analytical reports to be delivered to the European Commission will be published on the trESS website >> read more

Some trESS 2005-2013 achievements

In the table below, we would like to share some of the most important achievements of our project in the course of the nine working years.
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From trESS to FreSsco

At this stage, we are not able to share a lot on how the new project FreSsco and its activities will look like, as we are preparing to get everything on track and roll it out. >> read more

Inside the European Commission: some thoughts on the impact of mobile economically non-active EU citizens on the Member States’ social security systems


Mr Albrecht Otting works as a legal officer in the Unit B.4 ‘Free movement of workers and coordination of social security systems’ of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.


Mr Andrea Pontiroliis a policy officer in charge of communication in the Unit.

We found them prepared to give us some background information about the recent public debate with regard to the impact of mobile economically non-active European citizens and their families on the social security systems of the Member States.

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News from the Commission
Pensions: Commission welcomes OECD report on value of recent reforms to face future challenges
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Free movement of people: five actions to benefit citizens, growth and employment in the EU  
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Commission refers Finland to Court for restricting rights of workers from other EU countries
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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