Dear trESS friends,

It is with great pleasure that I present to you this summer 2013 trESS E-newsletter, which will give you an insight in the latest developments in our project as well as in the ever developing field of EU social security coordination.

Currently, our new working year of the third trESS project is well up and running. The analytical branch of the project will again produce several reports at the end of the year. We will of course keep you informed on the outcome. We are also eager to remind you of our round of trESS seminars. As of July 2013, five more seminars will be organised in the framework of the project. You can find them in the seminar calendar included in this newsletter.

As is the case for the members of the trESS network, also the Commission and the ECJ have been very active in the field of EU social security coordination. You will notice that there is a lot of news from the Commission in the field, including the announcement of several reasoned opinions sent to different Member States. We can also present you three new ECJ cases, one of which relates to the coordination of unemployment benefits – answering the pending question whether the old Miethe case is still valid under Regulation 883/2004 – and two that deal with the coordination of pensions.

On top of that, we can already present you the programme in relation to social security coordination of the 2013 Lithuanian Presidency, running from 1 July until 31 December 2013.

We are also happy to have had the opportunity to interview Mr Felix Schatz, a former legal officer in the Unit “Free movement of workers and coordination of social security systems” of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion who is currently working in the Commission’s Legal Service. He took the time to talk to our trESS reporter on the role and organisation of this specific Commission service and its place in the domain of social security coordination.

Please also check out the most recent EU-wide publications in our SSC literature corner.

I wish you a very pleasant read, and I hope you will find this new newsletter both informative and pleasurable.

Kind regards,

Yves Jorens
Project Director

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