Foreigners have right to unemployment cash
21 September, BRUSSELS – The European Court of Justice has ruled that Belgium must pay unemployment benefits to EU citizens seeking a job in the country.
BRUSSELS – The European Court of Justice has ruled that Belgium must pay unemployment benefits to EU citizens seeking a job in the country.
The Luxembourg-based court said foreigners who had completed secondary education in another EU country had the right to claim Belgian unemployment support.
Belgium's refusal to do so was a breach of European Community law, said the judges.
For a young person to be eligible for benefits, they must have completed secondary education and be looking for a job.
Foreigners will have to prove that their educational diploma is of a similar standard to the equivalent at a recognised Belgian institution.
The court stressed that citizens from another EU country must enjoy similar treatment to Belgians in an effort to achieve equal status for diplomas across the European Union.
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Subject: Belgian news