European Social Security Law, 7th edition

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.
Frans Pennings
Ius Communitatis
book | published | 7th edition
October 2022 | xxiv + 486 pp.


ISBN 9781780688169

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In recent decades, the EU regulations on coordinating social security have acquired vital importance. This book gives a clear overview of the main features and main developments of this significant area of EU law.

Since 1 May 2010, when Coordination Regulation 883/2004 came into force, important cases have been decided by the Court of Justice. These judgments interpreted several provisions of the Regulation and clarified the impact that other instruments, such as the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Directive 2004/38 and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, have had on coordination issues. In December 2016, the European Commission proposed a radical revision of several of the chapters of the Regulation. To date, this proposal has not been adopted and the prospects for its adoption are bleak.

In view of the continuous stream of judgments of the Court of Justice, an up-to-date overview of the Regulation and the case law is both timely and essential. This book delivers on this objective and, in addition, discusses the proposed revisions carefully, as well as analyses their background and effects.

The book also examines the main non-discrimination provisions relevant to social security and important social policy instruments, such as the Open Method of Coordination, the Social Pillar and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

This is the seventh edition of this authoritative handbook and is important reading for students, academics and practitioners alike.

FRANS PENNINGS is Professor of Labour Law and Social Security Law at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Table of Contents

Table of contents and preliminary pages (p. 0)


Chapter 1. Introduction to the Concept of Coordination (p. 3)

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

Chapter 3. Applicability Conditions: Cross-Border Situation and Within Territorial Scope (p. 29)

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

Chapter 5. The Material Scope of Regulation 883/2004 (p. 53)

Chapter 6. The Rules for Determining the Legislation Applicable (p. 81)

Chapter 7. Posting and Social Security (p. 119)

Chapter 8. The General Non-Discrimination, Assimilation, Aggregation and Removal of Residence Conditions in Regulation 883/2004 (p. 143)

Chapter 9. Article 45 TFEU and Regulation 492/2011 (p. 157)

Chapter 10. EU Citizenship, Free Movement and Discrimination (p. 183)

Chapter 11. Sickness Benefits (p. 219)

Chapter 12. Old-Age and Survivors’ Pensions (p. 269)

Chapter 13. Invalidity Pensions (p. 289)

Chapter 14. Family Benefits (p. 305)

Chapter 15. Unemployment Benefits (p. 323)

Chapter 16. Disparities that are not Removed by Coordination Rules (p. 353)

Chapter 17. The Relationship Between Regulation 883/2004 and Bilateral Treaties (p. 375)

Chapter 18. Agreements with Third Countries and the Position of EU Civil Servants (p. 381)


Chapter 19. Equal Treatment and Social Security (p. 397)

Chapter 20. Social Policy Instruments of the European Union (p. 433)

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