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Saturday, October 20, 2018

EC sends reasoned opinion to Cyprus on its social security laws

On 30 September, the European Commission decided to send a reasoned opinion to Cyprus regarding its laws on social security.


The Commission criticises a Cypriot law which states that only seafarers residing in Cyprus may join the Cypriot social security system, whereas European Community seafarers working on a vessel flying the flag of Cyprus, but whose place of residence is in another Member State, are not eligible.


The Commission maintains that this infringes EU law on the coordination of social security systems. According to EU law, persons working on a vessel flying the flag of a Member State are subject to the social security legislation of that Member State even if it is not their country of residence. The Commission believes that the Cypriot law constitutes an indirect discrimination against Community seafarers who are not residing in Cyprus.


With this reasoned opinion, the Commission is asking the Cypriot authorities to take the necessary measures to comply with European law within two months. Failing a satisfactory response, the Commission may decide to take Cyprus to the European Court of Justice.


Contact: Kristian R. Fuglesang