Dear trESS friends,

It is with great delight that I present to you this trESS E-newsletter. In this summer period, we are happy to inform you that the trESS project is running smoothly.

As to the activities of the project, already four national seminars have been organised, each of which were called a success. Simultaneously, different reflective and analytical reports are in preparation as part of the “reporting and analysing” activities of trESS. This year’s main topics are activation measures, long-term care and unemployment. You will find the result of these efforts on the trESS website at the end of the year and we will keep you in the loop via this newsletter. The trESS website has undergone a restyling and we would like to to invite you to discover its new look. At the same time, our social media initiatives are becoming very popular, with lots of professionals joining and contributing.

This newsletter also features some news items stemming from the Commission and the programme of the Cypriot Presidency (July 2012 - December 2012) in the field of social security coordination. The political agenda promises to bring about a very dynamic period in the near future, especially with relation to the topics of ‘applicable legislation’, ‘habitual residence’ and ‘patient mobility’.

Also the ECJ has been quite active in the social security field over the past quarter, and so we can offer you summaries of three recent ECJ cases not only dealing with Regulation 1408/71, as usual until now, but also with Regulations 883/2004 and 987/2009.

Finally, we are proud to present you a new section in the trESS e-newsletter, called “Inside the Commission”. This part of the newsletter will be dedicated to an interview with someone working in the Unit “Free movement of workers and coordination of social security” of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission. As people dealing with coordination issues on a daily basis, they will exclusively provide you the latest news, general policy plans or interesting concrete files in the broad field of social security coordination. I wish you a very pleasant read and I hope you have enjoyed or will enjoy your summer holiday.

Kind regards,

Yves Jorens
Project Director

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