Chapter 12: Highly mobile workers and the coordination of the applicable social security law in the European Union: how to create a good fit?
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This chapter proposes a framework for various possible routes towards more legal certainty for EU citizens working across borders and the applicable social security legislation. With many forms of flexible work and work activities increasingly being performed in several Member States, it seems more important than ever to map out mobility-related issues that highly mobile workers may encounter and to explore possible routes towards more legal certainty regarding their social security protection. It thereby focuses on the highly mobile worker in the sense of performing various work activities in two or more Member States. After identifying the root causes of potential gaps between the ‘law in the books’ and social reality, alias ‘law in action’ for EU social security law, it will be explored whether - and if so how - the current EU coordination instruments can be interpreted, construed or adjusted as to provide more legal certainty for HMWs.

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