Dear trESS friends,

It is with great pleasure that I present to you our October trESS e-Newsletter, which will give you an insight in the latest developments in our project as well as in the most recent developments in the broad field of EU social security coordination.

As to the activities of the project, all but one of the trESS 2013 seminars have taken place. To our great delight, these seminars were all considered a success, with interesting topics on the agenda and lively debates between the participants. I would hereby like to thank everyone who has contributed this year. At the same time, I would like to warmly invite our Croatian (and other) readers to participate in the first Croatian trESS seminar in Opatija on 8 November 2013.

As usual, different trESS reports will be finalised in the coming weeks as part of the reporting and analytical branch of the project. You will find the end results of this work on our website at the end of this working year. In general, we would also like to remind you to take a look at our website and to keep inviting your colleagues to join our social media platforms if they are interested in EU social security coordination. In the meantime, the trESS LinkedIn Group has grown to a community of around 500 people, with varying professional backgrounds, from all over the world.

This newsletter also features news from the European Commission. We would like to draw your attention to the publication of a recent fact-finding study on the impact of mobile EU citizens on national social security systems, as the topic of the study is directly related to our 2011 trESS Analytical Report.

As to the activities of the European Court of Justice, we offer you a summary of five recent ECJ cases. One case touches upon the sensitive relationship between Regulation 883/2004 and Residence Directive 2004/38, trying to shed some light on the concept of social assistance in different areas of EU free movement legislation. Another case deals with the choice of the correct legal basis for the extension of the coordination system to the EEA states. Two ‘Luxembourg cases’ are less controversial, but nonetheless very useful in practice, as they give clearance with regard to the classification of the Luxembourg parental leave allowance and the tax-related child bonus as family benefits within the meaning of the Coordination Regulations. A last case gives the long-expected clarification on the coordination provisions for sickness benefits for pensioners.

Liaising with the European Commission, Mr Lukasz Wardyn was prepared to share some reflections on the posting of workers within the European Union. In that regard, he talks about the value of the current provisions, but also about their possible flaws and their comparison with the rules on the posting of workers in other domains of law.

Finally, we present you an EU-wide selection of academic publications on EU social security coordination in our ‘SSC Literature Corner’. I wish you a very pleasant read and I’m looking forward to addressing you again in our next and last Newsletter of 2013.

Kind regards,
Yves Jorens
Project Director

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