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New Council recommendation on access to social protection for self-employed

Nowadays, two out five EU employed citizens have non-standard contracts or are self-employed.

On March 2018, the European Commission published its proposal for a Council Recommendation on access to social protection for workers and self-employed. The aim is to support all people who, due to their employment status or duration, are not enough covered by social security and thus are exposed to higher economic precariousness and instability.

After more than a year of discussions, on 8th November, the EPSCO Council formally adopted the Recommendation on Access to Social Protection for workers and the self-employed. The proposal covers social security schemes for unemployment, sickness and healthcare, maternity or paternity, accidents at work and occupational diseases, invalidity and old age.

While this is not a legally binding document, it can serve as guidance to extend the minimum standards of the EU work-life balance directive to self-employed workers, as countries are currently discussing transposition of the directive into national legislations. The European Commission is expected to support Member States and stakeholders in reaching the objectives of the Recommendation through dialogue and mutual learning activities, and by improving statistics and proposing a monitoring framework.

For the Council Recommendation of 8 November 2019 on access to social protection for workers and the self-employed (in all EU languages), please click here