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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

Google Translate of first article (copyright to the website and all that jazz)

Fear of benefit tourism

BRUSSELS - The Netherlands and five more Western European countries are firmly opposed to Brussels' plans to relax the rules for exporting unemployment benefits. Benefit tourism is in danger and the risk of fraud is increasing, it is feared.

According to the current compromise plans between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States, EU citizens with sufficient employment history can work elsewhere after one month, taking their unemployment benefits to their country of origin for a period of six months. The Netherlands finds this very unfair and argues for three months, just as it is now. Initially, unemployment benefits would have been within one day if it had been up to Parliament.

Together with Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Austria and Luxembourg, opposition has been made. But it is not yet enough to stop the plans. On a meeting with colleagues in Brussels, Minister Koolmees (Social Affairs) expressed his deep concern about the state of affairs on Friday. Another round of negotiations is planned for next Tuesday between the EU Presidency, which is currently very much in favor of Romania, the Commission and Parliament.

Great Tit denounced the lack of transparency and the hurry that is now suddenly made with the proposals. "A hasty completion will damage the quality of the legislation. We cannot do in a few months what our experts have cost more than a year. "

It is no surprise that countries from Eastern and Central Europe, from which many labor migrants head to the west, do see the WW plans. For unemployment benefits it is necessary that there is an employment history, but that does not necessarily have to be in the Netherlands. A Romanian or Bulgarian who works here can then return to his country of origin on the basis of a Dutch unemployment benefit. Since wages are much lower there, there is a good chance that the benefit will be higher than what can be earned there, so it is not really an incentive to look for a job again.

No work incentive
The unemployment benefit plans are part of a much broader package of measures to better coordinate social security in the various EU countries. According to figures from 2016, the Netherlands exported 4462 benefits. Only 21 people found a job within three months. That is the period that now applies. The system should be aimed at getting people back to work. But there is no incentive whatsoever for foreign governments to help their returned nationals on Dutch benefits find a job. For comparison: In the Netherlands almost half of the unemployed have a new job within three months.

Great tit fears European mess. "The statistics show that someone who stays in the Netherlands has a 100 times higher chance of getting back to work than someone who exports his benefits," the D66 minister told his colleagues.
No official decision or vote mentioned there. Maybe it's in the other paper.
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