Belgium rejects proposal unemployment allowances for EU citizens


België verwerpt voorstel werkloosheidsvergoeding voor EU-burgers

Minister of Work, Kris Peeters (CD&V)

European citizens living in another EU member state to work, after a month of work eligible for unemployment benefits. These are EU-negotiators reached a compromise. But Belgium will that agreement does not support.

In an earlier proposal, there was to workers after one working day right. But, among others, our country resisted himself violently against. Belgium suggested a period of three working months before, as is now the case.

The EU citizens are then eligible for a fee, but it is not certain whether they actually get: they must meet the same requirements as the Belgian workers. But after the period of one month, also their performance out of their homeland be included in the consideration whether or not an unemployment allowance.

Belgium will agree with the final vote not to support it, says minister of Work and Social Affairs Kris Peeters (CD&V). “The principle that you first need to have contributed for your social rights in the unemployment rate, is fundamental for our social security. In Belgium, we have a period of three months and that I have always defended, ” responds Smith.

Or Belgium, sufficient support may collect to the proposal still to be able to block, is questionable. Only the Netherlands and Germany are also in favour of a period of three months.


European Commissioner Marianne Thijssen (CD&V) showed to be also originally for that ‘Belgian’ term won, but after consultation within the competent committee, was that one day. Now the European member states, their vision can give is that so as a compromise, one month become.

In the end, one month, become, is not entirely surprising. At a meeting between the 28 EU ministers of Work had already proved that there is a broad consensus was for that period of time. Even then appeared only Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands advocate for a longer period of time.

“Last puzzle piece”

The measure is part of a broader package that the different systems for social security between the states on each other to tune in. The unclear definition ensures that the rules are sometimes different be applied.

Thyssen mentions the hatch over the application of the rules for social security ‘is the last puzzle piece for fair labour mobility in Europe’. Earlier were the rules for the secondment and custom, and there was effort made to establish a European data protection supervisor on the labour market.