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European Commission - Press release

Social security coordination: Commission asks Malta to stop cuts to civil service pensions from other Member States

Brussels, 27 February 2012 – The European Commission has requested Malta to stop reducing Maltese old-age pensions by the amount of civil servant pensions received from other Member States. Maltese legislation provides that Maltese statutory old-age pensions are partly decreased by the sum of service pensions paid for past services in Malta or abroad. Such a practice breaches social security coordination rules of the European Union as all pensions based on national legislation, such as civil service pensions, fall under the protection of the EU rules on social security coordination. This prohibits the application of national rules on suspension and reduction of benefits to a pension calculated under social security coordination rules. The request takes the form of a 'reasoned opinion' under EU infringement procedures. Malta now has two months to inform the Commission of measures it has taken to bring its legislation into line with EU law. Otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer Malta to the EU's Court of Justice.

Background

EU social security coordination rules (Regulation EC No 883/2004 and formerly Regulation (EEC) No 1408/71) concern social security benefits and under these rules, EU citizens have the same rights and obligations as nationals of the country where they are covered.

All pensions based on national legislation, such as civil service pensions, fall under the protection of these rules.

Further information

EU Social Security Coordination:

http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=849

For more information on infringement procedures:

http://ec.europa.eu/eu_law/infringements/infringements_en.htm

and MEMO/12/134

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Contacts :

Cristina Arigho (+32 2 298 53 99)

Nadège Defrère (+32 2 299 04 03)


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