From May 1st, 2010 a new EU regulation on the coordination of social security systems comes into force. According to the EU Commission's own press release
, "These new rules will facilitate intra-EU mobility for workers." It then tells us that it extends to six months the time that a person (from say Latvia) can come and stay in Britain, while claiming unemployment benefit in Latvia.
, spokesman for UKIP responded last night saying, "Britain has had enough of mass immigration, which has undermined ordinary British workers and clearly changed the way we live our lives. Our EU membership means uncontrolled immigration free-for-all for now and the forseeable future, we've damn well had enough, and it's time to say, 'Stop'.
"This latest EU regulation means that more unemployed people from EU states will be encouraged to come to Britain, thus putting more pressure on our schools, hospitals and transport system. This is not acceptable to the decent hard-working people of this country who see their social infastructure unable to cope. Those people like Gillian Duffy who raised the immigration issue with Gordon 'Gaffe' Brown a few days ago," said the MEP for South East England.
"These new EU rules also mean a centralised electronic exchange of information within the EU. This raises huge problems for privacy, one of the reasons MEPs recently voted against sharing bank data of British people and others with the USA.
"This regulation is a bad idea which will lead to more immigration. The UKIP alternative is that we pull out of the EU and take back control of our own immigation policy." said Nigel Farage who is standing for MP in Buckingham constituency.
From EU Commission press room page
New social security rules come into force: making life easier for Europeans on the move
On 1 May 2010 new rules on social security coordination enter into force. This reform is an important step in building a more citizen-friendly Europe. These new rules will facilitate intra-EU mobility for workers, but also for young people and other citizens (retired people, job seekers ...), laying the foundations for the new EU strategy for jobs and growth - Europe 2020. These rules are vital as without effective protection of social security rights, there is in fact no actual right to free-movement. The new Regulations (883/2004, as amended by 988/2009, and its implementing regulation 987/2009), like the current one (1408/71 and its implementing regulation 574/72), do not create any new entitlements to social security but guarantees that rights in the area of sickness insurance, pensions, unemployment and family benefits are preserved in the event of moving within Europe. Above all, it will bring about substantial changes to the way coordination will work in the future. Citizens are now at the heart of the system. The main focus of this modernised coordination is to ensure the better protection of citizens' rights. This includes: Actively providing information to citizens; Enhancing cooperation between Member States; Developing electronic exchange of information; Introducing simplification of the rules.
For information on social security coordination see the Commission's new Web site: http://ec.europa.eu/social-security-coordination VNR on modernised coordination available for audiovisual media at: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/video_prod_en.cfm?prodid=10980&src=3&type=details