This contribution analyzes the European Union (EU) rules for the coordination of social security systems through the lens of persons with disabilities. These rules seek to facilitate free movement of persons by linking national social security systems to each other in such a way that those who move from one Member State to another remain subject to the social security legislation of one Member State and do not lose social security because they move from one Member State to another. The contribution focuses on benefit systems which have specifically been put in place for persons with disabilities or which are of special significance for them, namely sickness and invalidity benefits, special non-contributory cash benefits and long-term care benefits.
Anne Pieter van der Mei
EU law on free movement of students is not supported by a system aimed at supporting student financial aid systems. EU students may fall between two stools: they have no EU claim to aid either in the host state or in the home state. This contribution claims that this gap in financial protection should ideally be filled by an EU right to export maintenance aid from the member state where they live prior to commencement of their studies. The contribution explores the possible objections to recognising such a right or the hurdles to overcome and addresses the question how these hurdles could be overcome.