EU social security rules generally apply to the following people: Ireland`s bilateral social security agreement with Switzerland has been replaced mainly by EU rules. Contributions to the states with which Ireland has a bilateral social security agreement are paid only for certain long-term payments. Among them, Australia denounced the agreement because the British government refuses to change its policy of non-indexation of pensions in Australia, although it indexes pensions paid in certain countries with which it has agreements. The social security schemes that Ireland has with other countries can be divided into two groups: if you have worked in more than one country with which Ireland has a bilateral social security agreement, your right to a social security payment is assessed separately under each agreement. Contributions under various bilateral agreements cannot be merged, each must be calculated separately. The calculation that provides the highest amount is paid. If you have worked in Ireland and a Type B country or in a country with which Ireland has a bilateral social agreement, your pension is prorated. Each country pays you a partial pension, depending on the proof of your contribution. The EU/EEA countries covered by these regulations are: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man – see “Bilateral Social Security Agreements”). In addition to improving the social security of working workers, international social security agreements help ensure continuity of benefit protection for people who have received social security credits under the U.S. system and another country.
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