European Social Security Law, 6th edition

This is the sixth edition of this authoritative handbook and gives a clear overview of the main lines and main developments of this significant part of EU law.

Frans Pennings
Ius Communitatis
book | published | 6th edition
February 2015 | xxiv + 386 pp.


ISBN 9781780683102

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In the past decades the coordination of social security provisions of the European Union have become of vital importance. This book gives a clear overview of the main lines and main developments of this significant part of EU law.

On 1 May 2010 a new Coordination Regulation on social security for migrant workers, Regulation 883/2004, came into force. Since then there has been important case law and there have been very interesting developments, in particular in the area of posting of workers and the influence of the Treaty on the interpretation of coordination provisions. Also the development of the concept of EU citizenship has had an important impact on access to social rights. This book gives a clear overview of these developments, their effects on national case law and the differences with the old coordination Regulation.

A second main part of EU social security law is that of social policy. In this book the main developments of the equal treatment law of men and women are explained and in addition the present social policy measures and the instruments employed in this area are outlined.

This book is the sixth edition of this authoritative handbook, which is used in many courses on European social security and of which already several translations have been made in other languages.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1. Introduction to the Concept of Coordination (p. 1)

Chapter 2. The Legal Basis and Context of Regulation 883/2004 (p. 13)

Chapter 3. The Conditions for Applicability of Regulation 883/2004 (p. 27)

Chapter 4. The Personal Scope of Regulation 883/2004 (p. 35)

Chapter 5. The Material Scope of Regulation 883/2004 (p. 51)

Chapter 6. The Rules for Determining the Legislation Applicable (p. 79)

Chapter 7. Posting (p. 111)

Chapter 8. The Non-discrimination and Assimilation Provisions of Regulation 883/2004 (p. 127)

Chapter 9. Article 45 TFEU and Regulation 492/2011 (p. 137)

Chapter 10. EU Citizenship (p. 163)

Chapter 11. Sickness Benefits (p. 179)

Chapter 12. Old-Age and Survivor’s Pensions (p. 215)

Chapter 13. Invalidity Pensions (p. 237)

Chapter 14. Family Benefits (p. 253)

Chapter 15. Unemployment Benefits (p. 265)

Chapter 16. The Relation between Regulation 883/2004 and Bilateral Treaties (p. 295)

Chapter 17. EU Agreements with Third Countries Containing Coordination Provisions (p. 301)

Chapter 18. Some Conclusions on the Development of Coordination Law (p. 309)


Chapter 19. Social Policy Instruments of the European Union (p. 317)

Chapter 20. Equal Pay and Equal Treatment of Men and Women (p. 329)

Bibliography (p. 351)

Table of Cases (p. 361)

Case Law Index (p. 371)

Subject Index (p. 377)

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Table of Contents (p. 0)
Bibliography (p. 351)
Table of Cases (p. 361)
Case Law Index (p. 371)
Subject Index (p. 377)

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