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EU says Holland discriminates against its pensioners abroad

Thursday 21 February 2013

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.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

True. An amazing injustice. Most of us have to live abroad to be able to afford to live as well as have jobs as work made to stopped in the Kingdom at 65 - except for Queen - should be standardized.

By rpk | 22 February 2013 4:58 AM

The government does not want pensioners to live abroad period! Since January 2012, pensioners are not allowed to live outside the Netherlands for more than 3 months per year: the guv wants them to spend what little they have here & remain impoverished.

As usual it's the people that struggle on low incomes, the elderly & handicapped being targeted! :P

By The visitor | 22 February 2013 3:51 PM

I had faith in the fact that perhaps there was still some 'justice' in the world.
My husband, who lived and worked in the Netherlands for many of his years, had his Pension cut because he lives in Canada with me,his wife of many years.
If it was the other way around, his Canadian Pension would not cut him off the way Holland did.

By Melody | 24 February 2013 6:17 AM

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