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European Parliament: Social Security

Air hostesses and stewards would be subject to the social security rules of the country in which they usually start and end their work, and self-employed cross-border workers who are entitled to unemployment benefits in the country where they work could get them even after they return to their home country, under new EU-wide coordination rules to be voted on Wednesday.

For example, under these rules, the Belgian aircrews of the low-cost carrier Ryanair, who are currently subject to Irish labour law because they work on planes registered in Ireland, could acquire Belgian social security rights.

The new rules would also clarify the rights of cross-border self-employed workers to unemployment benefits. If a self-employed person works in another EU country, contributes to its unemployment insurance scheme and then returns to his or her home country which has no unemployment insurance scheme for the self-employed, the country where he or she last worked should pay the unemployment benefits, says the text.

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Andre Beukes LLM

Andre Beukes LLM

André Beukes is an EU Management Consultant to international companies doing business in Europe. He provides clients with practical business support that makes a real difference doing business in the EU. “Put simply, I am here to help you meet your challenges. I believe in the importance of doing things correctly, meaning risks are reduced and problems are avoided.”

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