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Social benefits and cross-border mobility
This Tribune by Frank Vandenbroucke, social affairs adviser at the Jacques Delors Institute, deals with the main elements of the debate on social benefits paid to non-nationals and of posted workers in the EU.
|   12/07/2016             |   Frank Vandenbroucke             |   Labour and social affairs
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This Tribune by Frank Vandenbroucke, social affairs adviser at the Jacques Delors Institute, deals with the main elements of the debate on social benefits paid to non-nationals and of posted workers in the EU.
Issues that are relatively unimportant in quantitative terms often weigh heavily in the political debate : the political capital invested in the question of social benefits paid to non-nationals is a salient example of this paradox. However, principles can be important in politics.
Franck Vandenbroucke makes a link with the longstanding debate on posting of workers in the EU. These two debates have been separated. He argues that EU Member States should approach these two debaters from a single, principled perspective. The argument is not about principles for the sake of principles: sticking to consistent principles may ultimately yield better results for everybody.
   
This Tribune reflects a theme developed in the Inaugural Lecture of Frank Vandenbroucke on 1 June 2016, at the occasion of his appointment as University Professor at the University of Amsterdam.