COORDINATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY

The very idea of the coordination of social security is to guarantee that a person using the right to freedom of movement (and his or her family members) will not lose acquired rights and that they will have access to benefits and equal treatment in the new host state. The coordination regulation aims to provide solutions to situations where national legislations are in positive or negative conflict. This means that coordination rules and principles avoid overlapping entitlements or overlapping obligations to pay contributions, as well as preventing a person falling between two social security systems and being left without any social security coverage. Through the method of coordination the Member States can keep their sovereignty to decide on the contents of their social security legislation. However, indirectly the coordination can have harmonising impact on national social security systems.
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