June 18
2021
Juan Jonás
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10th June 2021
Competition & State Aid Employment & Immigration

ESA requests Norway to end restrictions on retention of sickness benefits while abroad

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) issued a reasoned opinion addressed to Norway yesterday, asking it to amend its rules and practices concerning coordination of social security systems and free movement of persons. 

According to ESA, Norway is in breach of the EEA rules by requiring individuals to stay in Norway in order to be eligible for certain sickness benefits. Although beneficiaries of these benefits may leave the country occasionally, an authorisation from Norwegian authorities must be previously obtained, which is further subject to stringent conditions. 

ESA thus considers that Norway’s restrictions on recipients relating to travel conditions abroad are contrary to EEA law. 

ESA’s reasoned opinion is fol

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