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Social protection

Employment and social policy

From a worldwide perspective, the European Union (EU) is clearly a model of social protection. Unemployment, poor health, invalidity, family situations and old age are some of the risks which these systems were created to deal with. The systems also guarantee access to several services that are vital to the preservation of human dignity. Although the Member States are responsible for organising and funding social protection systems, the EU has a special role to play by introducing legislation which coordinates the national social security systems, particularly with regard to mobility within the Community. The EU recently committed itself to promoting closer cooperation between the Member States in modernising their social protection systems, which face similar challenges throughout the EU.

See also

European Commission, EU Social Security Coordination.

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