Regional Social Security Forum for Europe

2–3 May 2022 | TallinnEstonia

Regional Social Security Forum for Europe

2–3 May 2022 | TallinnEstonia

News

Young mother working from home, talking on smartphone while spending time with her baby boy
Published:
2 July 2024
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Family benefits
Employment
Gender Inequalities
Guideline:
Information and Communication Technology
Promotion of Sustainable Employment
Communication by Social Security Administrations
Administrative Solutions for Coverage Extension

In today's dynamic societal landscape, supporting women and families plays a crucial role in fostering economic growth through inclusive and sustainable development. Across the globe, countries are implementing a range of initiatives to address the challenges related to balancing work and personal lives. The solutions can be especially transformative for women, who are more likely to bear primary care responsibilities. This analysis aims to contribute to the ongoing developments in empowering women and strengthening family well-being in a rapidly evolving world, with a focus on European experiences.

Global communication concept
Published:
7 June 2024
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Migration
Bilateral agreements

While the first international social security agreements were established in the 1940s and earlier, there are today 627 bilateral and 19 multilateral agreements in force. European countries and territories are part of over 80 per cent of them. In this article, the International Social Security Association (ISSA) examines the evolution of such agreements, with a focus on European contracting countries, in light of increasing migration flows and various forms of work migration.

Abstract shot of contact icons connecting in a digital space, networking in cyberspace
Published:
28 May 2024
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Coordination
Data sharing
Service delivery
Guideline:
Information and Communication Technology

Institutions support people in life transitions by “connecting the dots” of various social security and social services through systematic data exchange. The implementation of new mechanisms of data coordination has already proven instrumental for improving social security services and benefits, better reaching the population in need and, most importantly, facilitating tailored support to people during key moments of their life. 

Published:
30 April 2024
Type:
News
Region:
Portuguese-speaking Countries
Europe
Eurasia
European Network
French-speaking Countries
Topic:
Old-age pensions
Long-term care
Continuity and resilience
ISSA institution

Europe is not only the cradle of social security, but a region demonstrating constant innovation and dynamic developments in the context of significant challenges. Expanding, strengthening and building resilient social security systems for future generations is the key objective. Against this

Hands with protective work gloves holding a yellow safety helmet
Published:
26 April 2024
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Occupational accidents and diseases
Prevention of occupational risks

Recognizing the value of prevention, social security institutions are actively seeking solutions to support covered employers and workers. The Vision Zero strategy was developed by the International Social Security Association (ISSA), and offers an innovative, yet simple and easy-to-implement strategy to reduce work-related accidents and diseases. This article introduces recent Vision Zero and occupational safety and health implementation initiatives developed by European institutions. It underscores the importance of selecting the most suitable prevention approach for different target groups, and outlines both obstacles and opportunities that can help progress in prevention.

Published:
24 April 2024
Type:
Opinion
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Innovation capacity
E-services

Interview with Alexander Burz, Deputy Director General, Federation of Social Insurances (Dachverband der Österreichischen Sozialversicherungsträger) of Austria, after winning the ISSA Special Distinction for Innovation for Europe.

Published:
16 April 2024
Type:
News
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Health
Innovation capacity
Extension of coverage
Demographic change
Continuity and resilience

The new report from the International Social Security Association (ISSA) outlines the major developments and trends for social security in Europe, including recent reform efforts. The report was presented at the Regional Social Security Forum for Europe in Porto, Portugal.

Published:
16 April 2024
Type:
News
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Migration
Guideline:
Error, Evasion and Fraud in Social Security Systems
Service Quality
Information and Communication Technology
Administrative Solutions for Coverage Extension
Continuity and Resilience of Social Security Services and Systems

The Social Insurance Institution (Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych – ZUS) of Poland wins the ISSA Good Practice Award for Europe for its programmes providing crisis support for Ukrainian citizens.

Published:
16 April 2024
Type:
News
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Innovation capacity
E-services
Guideline:
Error, Evasion and Fraud in Social Security Systems
Service Quality
Information and Communication Technology

The first ever ISSA Special Distinction for Innovation for Europe has been awarded to the Federation of Social Insurances (Dachverband der Österreichischen Sozialversicherungsträger) in Austria for going totally digital with e-prescriptions.

Health and Life insurance of protect family concept
Published:
26 March 2024
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Health
Extension of coverage
Guideline:
Service Quality
Administrative Solutions for Coverage Extension

Health care is a vital component of any comprehensive social security system and an important priority for members of the International Social Security Association (ISSA). The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored this fact, highlighting the need for sustainable, adaptable and resilient health care systems capable of ensuring universal access to affordable and effective care. Achieving this is not simple. Health is a complex and challenging branch of social security, requiring an array of coordinated inputs and structures to meet health care needs.

A woman owning a flower workshop is doing an inventory of the goods.
Published:
9 February 2024
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Difficult-to-cover groups
Platform workers
Labour protection
Guideline:
Administrative Solutions for Coverage Extension

The lack of social security coverage for the self-employed has recently attracted significant attention in Europe. Changes in the world of work, including the rising prevalence of platform work, have led to an increasing number of self-employed workers with lower incomes. These trends, together with the COVID-19 pandemic, have shed light on the historically insufficient protection for the self-employed across the region.

Published:
2 November 2023
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Platform workers
Labour protection

In Europe, as globally, platform work remains a growing phenomenon. This article explores how recent developments in Europe affect platform workers’ rights and access to social security. In particular, it considers recent steps toward the appropriate classification of certain workers, changes in working conditions, and the extension of new rights and responsibilities.

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Published:
20 July 2023
Type:

Analysis

Region:
European Network
Topic:
Family benefits
Business process
Digital inclusion
E-services
Technological transition
Awareness and information
Service quality
Inequalities

Europe as a region is characterized as having achieved comprehensive social security coverage, yet still faces challenges in ensuring access to social security and preventing the non-take-up of benefits. This article presents a synthesis of discussions held during a technical seminar organized with the ISSA European Network (IEN).

Published:
28 November 2022
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Family benefits
Prevention of occupational risks
Digital inclusion
E-services
Technological transition
Guideline:
Good Governance
Service Quality
Information and Communication Technology
Communication by Social Security Administrations
Administrative Solutions for Coverage Extension

Digital technologies are fundamentally transforming how public services are designed and delivered. This article zooms in on the implementation of digital inclusion strategies among European ISSA member institutions.

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Published:
16 November 2022
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Human resource management
Technological transition
COVID-19
Guideline:
Good Governance
Information and Communication Technology
Human Resource Management in Social Security Administration

While social security administrations have gradually pursued digital strategies over the past decades, the COVID-19 crisis accelerated their digital transformation journey. The resilience and scalability of digital systems in responding to unprecedented needs despite operational constraints has dramatically moved the needle on organizations going “digital by default”. This article builds on the experiences of social security institutions in Europe.

Published:
24 May 2022
Type:
News
Region:
Europe

The Regional Social Security Forum for Europe took place from 2 to 3 May 2022. This was a long‑awaited opportunity for member institutions of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) to finally meet, discuss and network in person after over two years of COVID-19 restrictions.

Published:
2 May 2022
Type:
News
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Pensions
E-services
Communication
Guideline:
Communication by Social Security Administrations

The essential role of social security systems in Europe has once again been demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remaining coverage gaps, demographic changes and labour market transformations require adaptations and reform. The International Social Security Association (ISSA) has released a

Published:
2 May 2022
Type:
News
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Pensions
E-services
Communication
Guideline:
Communication by Social Security Administrations

The ISSA Good Practice Award for Europe 2022 has been awarded to the Swedish Pensions Agency for its Withdrawal Planner, an easy-to-use digital tool for retirement planning integrating both public and private pensions.

Shot of a young family outdoors
Published:
26 April 2022
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Family benefits
Maternity
Employment of young workers
Migration
Social assistance
Social policies & programmes
Policy analysis

The social security systems of the region of Europe have a track record of promoting inclusive growth and social cohesion. In addition to workers’ social insurance, systems typically address income poverty and its root causes through tax-financed income transfers and social assistance. A life-course approach to social protection is a priority, especially for the region’s comprehensive systems. Generally, social protection in Europe mitigates risks that occur from birth through to the start of the working life, as well as in work and during periods of unemployment, incapacity for work or when work is no longer possible.

Portrait of a disabled senior man with a walking cane stick at home
Published:
19 April 2022
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Pensions
Demographic change

The region of Europe is characterized by the diversity of its national social security systems, as well as by the scale and scope of the coverage these provide.

Man talking using hands-free set
Published:
12 April 2022
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Governance and administration
Information and communication technology
Automated processing
Guideline:
Good Governance
Service Quality
Information and Communication Technology

Social security institutions in the region of Europe are fostering institutional maturity in governance and performance, and embracing information and communication technologies (ICT) to achieve service excellence in the programmes they administer.

Published:
29 October 2021
Type:
News
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Platform workers

The final issue of 2021 of the International Social Security Review is now available online via My ISSA. The content of this special double issue, Social protection for digital platform workers in Europe, talks to current debates on social security coverage in a context of evolving labour markets

Published:
20 July 2021
Type:
News
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Occupational accidents and diseases
Commission: / Section
Prevention

The European Commission recently published the EU strategic framework on health and safety at work 2021-2027. The strategy adopts the Vision Zero approach to eliminate work-related deaths in the European Union (EU). This demonstrates how Vision Zero, developed by the International Social Security

Mask and notes
Published:
15 February 2021
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Contribution collection and compliance
COVID-19

As part of the wider economic stimulus packages to respond to the second wave of COVID-19, governments continue to temporarily defer the collection of social security contributions (SSC), or to exempt from or reduce the contribution payments of some population groups. To date, 68 countries have introduced at least one of these measures (ISSA Coronavirus Country Measures Monitor). An April 2020 communication from the European Commission supported these as a “valuable tool to reduce the liquidity constraints of undertakings and preserve employment” during the COVID-19 crisis (EC 2020a).

Concept of COVID-19 cornoavirus second wave infection following first wave
Published:
27 November 2020
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Unemployment
Employment policies
COVID-19

In Europe, the second wave of the coronavirus has since September prompted the re-introduction of social distancing measures, restrictions to economic activity, telework, curfews and lockdowns. Without certainty on the duration of the health crisis and its knock-on effects on the economy, governments have been re assessing the status of social security benefits and measures introduced since the onset of the pandemic.

Europe flagged wooden table with laptop
Published:
18 November 2020
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Difficult-to-cover groups
Bilateral agreements
COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed work arrangements. Teleworking has been introduced or expanded around the world to reduce the risk of infection at the workplace. This has also affected frontier workers in the European Union (EU). As they normally work in one country and reside in another one, changing the place of work to one’s home can influence which country’s social security legislation is applicable to them.

Published:
20 February 2020
Type:
News
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Old-age pensions
Platform workers

Does self-employment come at the cost of poverty in old age? A new report examines developments in terms of new forms of work, and implications for pension contributions and benefits. It finds that alternative forms of work are not necessarily excluded from social security coverage and pensions, but

Published:
14 May 2019
Type:
News
Region:
Europe

(Baku, Azerbaijan) The public social security institutions of Belgium have been awarded the ISSA Good Practice Award for Europe for digitizing and automating their services.

Published:
1 August 2018
Type:
News
Region:
Eurasia
Office:
ISSA Liaison Office for Eurasia
Topic:
ISSA institution

While universal social security has existed for a long time in the Eurasia region, its countries now face some difficult decisions in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of schemes and prevent the shrinking of coverage due to growing informal employment. The ISSA is working with its members