The package of measures to better coordinate social security systems in the EU will be discussed by the European Parliament this week. The file, of which the expansion of unemployment benefits in the Netherlands is controversial, is being debated on Wednesday morning. The parliament will vote on it on Thursday.
The issue has been put on the agenda at the request of the Social Democrats. Actually there was already an agreement on the measures between the parliament and the member states, but last month it suddenly turned out that a total of eleven member states had major objections. The negotiations were then called off. They want to make clear the importance that the parliament attaches to the access of social workers in the EU to social security.
Minister Wouter Koolmees (Social Affairs and Employment) said earlier that he was concerned about the ‘wrong incentives’ that would arise from the new rules for unemployment benefit exports. Approval would mean that a labor migrant who becomes involuntarily unemployed in another EU country after working for at least a month can take his or her unemployment benefit to his own country for six months if there is sufficient work history. Under the current regulation, that is after one day of work with the right to three months of unemployment benefits.