Dear trESS friends,

It is with great pleasure that I present to you this trESS e-newsletter, the first one of trESS 2012 and the first issue of our renewed newsletter with a more attractive lay-out and with an increased user friendliness.

In this edition, we will present you the activities you can expect from the project in the current working year, which will be filled with interesting events and publications on EU social security coordination. The analytical branch of the network will focus on burning issues like the coordination of benefits with activation measures and the coordination of long-term care benefits. Also the Regulation chapter on unemployment benefits will be evaluated to identify possible solutions for a simplified and more efficient coordination of such benefits.

Of course, we are also eager to present you the new round of trESS seminars. We are confident that they will be as fruitful and enjoyable as last year. In 2012, 9 seminars will be organised in the framework of or with the support of the project. Two of them will be bilateral seminars, a concept that has already proved to be very inspiring.

The website and communication activities will also be extended, as the regular updates and standard communication tools will be supplemented by dynamic social media pages on Facebook and LinkedIn. Although you have already confirmed to be a friend of trESS by subscribing to our e-Newsletter, these new initiatives will really allow you to connect with the trESS family. I would like to warmly invite you to discover the advantages of our new networking tools and to actively contribute.

Besides the presentation of our trESS activities, we can only present you one ECJ case on a very specific topic, namely the application of the Regulation to the continental shelf of a Member State.

To conclude, we are proud to have had the possibility to interview Mr. Jackie Morin, head of Unit for “Free movement of workers and coordination of social security” of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission. He has taken the time to talk with our trESS reporter on the plans and strategies of the European Commission in the field of social security coordination.

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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