Community news|31/12/18

A recommendation on the access of all workers to welfare benefits

Home > The news of EUROGIP and occupational risks in Europe > A recommendation on the access of all workers to welfare benefits

In early December, the Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs reached a unanimous political agreement on a draft recommendation by the Council concerning salaried and self-employed workers’ access to welfare benefits.

According to the Commission, this is a breakthrough for four out of ten people who have an atypical or self-employed job and who do not always have good social protection.

The recommendation comes within the framework of implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights. It aims to allow all workers, including the self-employed, to subscribe to social welfare schemes, and to promote adequate and effective coverage. It applies to all branches of the social security system: unemployment, health and medical care, maternity and paternity, disability, pensions and spousal benefits, and occupational injuries and diseases.

The recommendations are non-binding. This facilitates the process of enactment and respects Member States’ national competencies and the functioning of their social security systems.  Nevertheless, the progress made by the Member States in the application of this legislation will be analysed within the framework of the “European Semester”, a cycle of coordination of economic and budgetary policies in the EU.


Discover other news



The EUROGIP Annual Report 2023 is online

“2020 was an unprecedented year for everyone”, says Raphaël Haeflinger, Director of EUROGIP. Indeed, the health crisis had an obvious impact on achievement of the objectives initially planned. It also led us to innovate in work processes to ensure the continuation of our numerous activities.

Community news


Artificial intelligence: MEPs adopt “historic” law

On 13 March, the European Parliament adopted by a very large majority the world's first “binding” regulation on artificial intelligence, based on the draft presented by the European Commission in April 2021. The Council must now formally adopt it.



DENMARK: A tool for creating a good working environment

An assessment of the working environment is an annual legal requirement for all companies with employees. Various tools are available, including the online tool developed in 2019 by experts at the Danish Working Environment Authority: the APV (arbejdspladsvurdering).