August 2012

It is with great delight that I present to you this trESS E-newsletter. In this summer period, we are happy to inform you that the trESS project is running smoothly.

As to the activities of the project, already four national seminars have been organised, each of which were called a success. Simultaneously, different reflective and analytical reports are in preparation as part of the “reporting and analysing” activities of trESS. This year's main topics are activation measures, long-term care and unemployment. You will find the result of these efforts on the trESS website at the end of the year and we will keep you in the loop via this newsletter. The trESS website has undergone a restyling and we would like to invite you toto invite you to discover its new look. At the same time, our social media initiatives are becoming very popular, with lots of professionals joining and contributing.

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News from trESS

trESS analytical work

Reporting on the implementation of the coordination regulations at national level continues to be one of the most important activities of trESS.

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trESS social media and website

trESS keeps abreast of the times and has been introduced into the social media. To that end, a Facebook and a LinkedIn page have recently been set up and will be promoted through various channels

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trESS seminar calendar 2nd half of 2012      

Date: 04/09/12 - Countries: Estonia-Finland
Date: 24/09/12 - Country: Cyprus
Date: 27/09/12 - Country: Spain
Date: 09/10/12 - Country: Slovakia

These are the seminars that will take place in the second half of 2012.

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Inside the Commission: update on the coordination of family benefits News from the Commission

Mr. Radek Časta is a Legal Officer of the Unit “Free movement of workers and coordination of social security” of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

He has taken up this responsibility in December 2006. Before, he was working since 1996 as a lawyer in the private and public sector in the Czech Republic and in Germany.

We found him prepared to enlighten us on the status questiones with regard to the coordination of family benefits.

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Communication on the External Dimension of EU Social Security Coordination and four proposals for Council Decisions
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Smartphone app to ensure stress-free travel this summer
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Commission requests The Netherlands to end discrimination against pensioners living abroad   
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Commission launches ‘Your First EURES job' pilot project to help young people find jobs
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Public consultation on the implementation of the Smart Regulation
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News from the ECJ News from the Council and the European Parliament

(Case C-106/11) M.J. Bakker v Minister van Financiën
The reference has been made in proceedings between Mr Bakker and the Staatssecretaris van Financiën (State Secretary for Finance) concerning his compulsory affiliation to the Netherlands social insurance scheme for 2004.
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(Case C-611/10) Waldemar Hudzinski v Agentur für Arbeit Wesel-Familienkasse and Jaroslaw Wawrzyniak v Agentur für Arbeit Mönchengladbach - Familienkasse
The references have been made in disputes between, first, Mr Hudziński and the Agentur für Arbeit Wesel – Familienkasse (Employment Agency Wesel – Department for family allowances) and, second, Mr Wawrzyniak and the Agentur für Arbeit Mönchengladbach – Familienkasse (Employment Agency Mönchengladbach – Department for family allowances) concerning the refusal to grant child benefit in Germany.
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(Case C-522/10) Doris Reichel-Albert v Deutsche Rentenversicherung Nordbayern
The reference was made in the context of proceedings between Mrs Reichel-Albert and the Deutsche Rentenversicherung Nordbayern (‘the DRN') concerning the refusal by the latter to take into account and credit, for the purposes of calculating Mrs Reichel-Albert's future old-age pension, ‘child-raising periods' and ‘periods to be taken into consideration' completed by her in Belgium.
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New Regulation 465/2012 published in all EU languages

On 8 June 2012, the new Regulation 465/2012 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The new instrument makes amendments to the modernised social security coordination regulations 883/2004 and 987/2009.

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The plans of the Cypriot Presidency of July-December 2012

The Work Programme of the Cypriot Presidency for the second half of 2012 has been presented to the delegations of the Member States in the Administrative Commission.

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This e-newsletter has been produced under the responsibility of Yves Jorens.
Ghent University, Faculty of Law, Department of Social Law, Universiteitstraat 4, B - 9000 Ghent, BELGIUM