ECJ confirms: mini-jobs remain uninsured and should be discouraged

3 October 2019

In its judgment of 19 September 2019, the ECJ ruled that Dutch legislation excluding frontier workers residing in the Netherlands but working as a mini-jobber in Germany from the Dutch social security system is compatible with EU law. If the Hoge Raad follows the approach taken by the ECJ, the status-quo will be maintained. This would mean that these frontier workers remain uninsured in both Germany and the Netherlands, which is why such a situation must be dissuaded. For a more in-depth analysis of the judgment of the ECJ and its background, we kindly refer you to the ITEM Cross-border Portal.

Ruben Tans

Ruben Tans started working as a double degree PhD candidate at the department of International and European Law and the University of Hasselt (Belgium) in January 2021. His research focuses on the integration of beneficiaries of international protection in the labour market and educational systems of Belgium and the Netherlands. By conducting a comparative analysis of the Belgian and Dutch legislation and policy on integration, he endeavours to answer the question whether the integration of the beneficiaries of international protection who have arrived in the EU after the 2015 migration crisis was successful.


Ruben holds an LLB in European Law School, as well as two LLMs in European Law School and in Globalisation and Law (both cum laude) from Maastricht University.


Next to his research, he is a member of the Maastricht Centre for European Law (MCEL), the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cooperation and cross-border Mobility (ITEM) and the Ius Commune Research School. Ruben combines his work as a PhD candidate with a job at the GrensInfoPunt Maastricht, giving advice to cross-border workers.