News from the Council and the European Parliament > The plans of the Cypriot Presidency of July-December 2012

The Work Programme of the Cypriot Presidency for the second half of 2012 has been presented to the delegations of the Member States in the Administrative Commission. As applicable legislation is the backbone of the Regulations, Cyprus, during its presidency would like to pay particular attention to issues related to this area. In particular, the Presidency would like to explore any issues institutions are facing with regard to the application of Articles 12 and 13 of Regulation 883/2004. In essence, the aim of the Cypriot Presidency is to cover the scope of the posting guide, whilst also taking the recent changes in applicable legislation into consideration, as well as any recent relevant cases of the Court of Justice.

It will examine the elements of any further work needed to review the Practical Guide. To this extent the Cypriot Presidency will launch a questionnaire covering the scope of the posting guide at the beginning of July. The results of this survey will be presented for discussion in October.

Priority will also be given to the monitoring of the progress of the Ad-hoc Group on the habitual residence test in an effort to clarify the rules applying to non-active persons moving to another Member State.

The Cypriot Presidency will also follow up on the trESS report on the revision of the unemployment sector, an issue which will be presented in the December meeting. The lively discussions in Council as well as in the Administrative Commission reflect the importance that all Member States and the Commission attach to this part of the Regulation acknowledging that there is room for improvement. The work done in December will facilitate the next steps in the process and the work to be done in 2013.

The Presidency also anticipates addressing the on-going dossiers in the Administrative Commission, and continuing the discussions on important issues. One of these is the external dimension of social security coordination and in particular the follow up on the work of the informal network on negotiating a social security agreement with China for the Administrative Commission to adopt a common approach on the issue. Another will be to continue with the discussions on the definition of the Member State responsible for paying family benefits in cases where the parents are divorced. Finally, it will focus on cross-border healthcare and in particular the relationship between Regulation 883/2004 and Directive 2011/24. The intention is to follow up the work done on this issue. The same goes for the annual discussion on fraud and error in social security coordination.

In respect of EESSI, priority will be given to the validation of the roadmap.

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