You are here
First contribute, then get social rights
For the N-VA, it remains crucial that you first have to contribute before you can benefit fromentitlements. The N-VA is urging the federal Employment Minister to defend at European level the Belgian point of view that a person must first have worked in a country for three months before being able to claim unemployment benefits. “This is fundamental for the stability of our social security system, and social security tourism does not belong in the social Europe that we envisage,” says the N-VA.
Threat to social security
The European Union is proposing making unemployment benefits possible after working in Belgium for a single month. Some even want to reduce that to a single day. Furthermore, it is being considered whether to allow those benefits to be transferred to the country of origin for six months or even for an unlimited period. And that’s a problem, says the N-VA. “Belgium is the only member state in the EU where unemployment benefits are unlimited in time, and where the easy access to and unlimited export of unemployment benefits from and to a foreign country form a serious threat to the financial and social support of our Social Security,” the N-VA says.
Difficult to verify
The fear about social security tourism is a real one. “Then you get the situation where a person comes here to work for a single month, makes a claim to a Belgian benefit, leaves, and then retains that Belgian benefit for ever. The, the Flemish employment office, will only be able to check them with great difficulty or even not at all. After all, it is the task of the member state of origin to follow up the unemployed person, as a result of which we cannot guarantee the duties that go hand in hand with the rights,” the N-VA concludes.