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PR(07)23: The EFTA Surveillance Authority adopts report on safeguarding the supplementary pension rights of employed and self-employed persons moving within the EEA

13.6.2007

The Report concludes that Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have judicial protection concerning supplementary pension rights in force. In particular, no discriminatory provisions of EEA nationals appear to exist as to the safeguarding of pension rights. 

Council Directive 98/49 on safeguarding the supplementary pension rights of employed and self-employed persons moving within the Community aims primarily at avoiding discriminatory treatment concerning the preservation of pension rights of members who no longer contribute to a supplementary pension fund. In all three EEA EFTA States no differentiation in treatment is made when a pension fund member moves to another EEA State.

Moreover, the payment of benefits in other EEA States is guaranteed, net of any taxes and transaction charges. Lastly, the Directive also provides for the possibility of membership for workers who are temporarily posted to another EEA State, to be able to continue to contribute to their supplementary pension scheme in the home state.

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has prepared this Report with regard to Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway in the same way as the European Commission prepared its own report with regard to the EU Member States (COM(2006) 22 final), which allows easy comparison. The Authority has now published its Report, whichgives a brief overview of the transposition and practical application of the Directive in the EFTA States.


For further information, please contact

Mr Hallgrímur Ásgeirsson
Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 60; or

Mr Bernhard Zaglmayer
Officer, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 85

13 June 2007




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