27 May 2019
News article

Advocate General of the ECJ in favour of Dutch social security benefits for German mini-jobs

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (hereafter: A-G) E. Sharpston has come to the conclusion that Dutch frontier workers living in the Netherlands and working in so-called mini-jobs in Germany are still entitled to Dutch retirement pensions and child benefits. If the Member States follow the opinion of the A-G, this would be a positive development for the coordination of national social security and tax systems. However, this decision also raises some questions. In practice, as a result of this decision, it may become attractive for governments to encourage forms of employment with little social security. For example, governments would benefit financially from such forms of work, as they could share the burden of social services with other Member States. This could be a worrying development.