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19 March 2019, ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor; 12h30-14h

Monthly Forum - EU social protection reform: reducing the vulnerability of workers?

Charlotte O'Brien, Professor, York University Law School
Nicolas Rennuy, Lecturer, York University Law School
Comments:  Claude Denagtergal, ETUC Senior Advisor
Moderator: Philippe Pochet, ETUI General Director

The body of EU law was created to protect those who wish to exercise their EU-law-based freedoms, and especially the freedom to move. An important principle is that nobody should be made worse off through exercising the rights they have stemming from EU law. Unfortunately, the protection offered by both EU and national law does not always live up to this standard. While privileged groups of workers and the self-employed may be protected, others can fall through the cracks.

Two excellent speakers from the York University’s  Law School will discuss the EU’s social security and free movement rules and jurisprudence, as well as the on-going reforms in these fields with a particular emphasis on identifying the gaps in the protection system that exacerbate the vulnerability of certain groups. Nicolas Rennuy will focus on the idea, reflected in recent proposals regarding posting and unemployment benefits, that welfare benefits should be withheld from migrants until they have completed a waiting period. Charlotte O’Brien will discuss the construction of and response to vulnerabilities under EU social law. In her presentation, she will focus on how the CJEU’s case law, starting with how the Zambrano judgment has curbed equal treatment and resulted in the creation of an underclass of own-national children.

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A light lunch will be served after the meeting in the room.

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