Technological advances, globalisation and changing demographics continue to impact the ways Europeans live and work. The EU is actively developing policies and legislative proposals to meet these challenges.
Through the European pillar of social rights, the EU works to safeguard the rights of citizens by ensuring:
EU funding helps public and private organisations implement and improve employment and social policy, and finance projects to support their citizens of today and tomorrow.
EU employment legislation guarantees minimum levels of protection that apply to everyone living and working in the EU. Specific EU rules also aim to make it easy for EU citizens to live and work in other EU countries, while protecting their social security rights, such as health insurance and benefits.
This video explains what will happen to your right to unemployment benefits if you live and work in more than one country of the European Union or in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
This video explains what will happen to your rights to an old-age pension if you live and work in more than one country of the European Union or in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
What will happen to your social security rights if you commute between two countries of the European Union or to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland?
Have you thought about your income after retiring? If you are not in a long-term, full-time job, you risk having insufficient funds for your retirement. The EU helps Member States to make pensions adequate for everyone.
In the EU women receive on average 37% less in pension income than men. The EU and member states are working to solve this imbalance to create fairer, equal pensions.