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Netherlands: The Senate confirms the vote of the parliament for the cancellation of the social security agreement

Wednesday, 17 February 2016


The Dutch second House voted on Tuesday 16th february 2016, for the unilateral cancellation of the social security convention signed on february 1972 with Morocco confirming the vote of the Parliament. 

The Dutch social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher said after the vote, that it does not mean that all doors to new negotiations with Morocco are closed, the limit of the latter date being "fixed" by the Dutch government to July 1, 2016.

The Dutch Minister of Social Affairs, (PvdA- social democrats) added that the Dutch Government  wants to pursue the negotiations with Morocco until the deadline fixed  unilaterally by the Dutch part in the coming months to to find an agreement with Morocco.

December 2015, the Minister in charge of Moroccans living abroad and migration, Mr Anis Birou had claimed to have reached a near-final version of the Moroccan-Dutch agreement on the issue of the social security for rights holders of the Moroccan community in the Netherlands.

The agreement said that the extent of the 40% compensation from the Dutch social security would not affect Moroccan rights, beneficiaries but will be applied to future Moroccan beneficiaries.

But the the NGO coordination against the reduction of family allowances, warned in a statement in response to the Dutch project that '' Any cancellation of the 1972 agreement will  affect the interests of the Moroccan community in the Netherlands ''.


The NGO had "denounced a decision  that defies all UN and EU resolutions on the rights of immigrants and children ''


The Dutch Justice annulled at first instance and on appeal all decisions related to the reduction of these allowances in particular those of widows and children. They were considered "contrary to bilateral agreements on social security and international and European conventions."

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