EU says Holland discriminates against its pensioners abroad

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Dutch pensioners who live abroad are being discriminated against because they are not given an extra payment to compensate for the loss of spending power, the European Commission said on Thursday.

For example, Belgian nationals who worked in the Netherlands and built up state pension rights are not being paid a top-up payment of up to €33.65 a month if they have moved back to their country of origin, news agency ANP said.

The Netherlands has limited the payment to people whose income is 90% taxable in the Netherlands, which means in practice pensioners need to live in the country.

The commission said in a statement this breaks EU law which allows citizens to live in another country without losing pension rights. It also points out the Dutch government advisory body Council of State warned that the measure, introduced in 2011, contravened EU regulations.


2 Comments To This Article

  • carrico posted:

    on 25th February 2013, 13:40:08 - Reply

    I agree. I found this article confusing. It seems like the Dutch have a valid case to argue.
  • HTD posted:

    on 25th February 2013, 09:22:22 - Reply

    Would have been nice to know if anyone has estimated the impact of complying with EU pensioner's rights regulations.
    How many would start moving outside the NL should the Dutch government decide to honor these EU regs?
    More homes on the market? Fewer medical procedures carried out here?
    Please give us more analysis.