Comparing Social Protection Schemes for the Self-employed across EU-27: Focus on sickness, accidents at work and occupational diseases, and unemployment benefits (Social Situation Monitor)
This Research Note offers an in-depth examination of sickness, accidents at work and occupational diseases, and unemployment related social benefits for the self-employed in EU Member States (EU-27). The Note is generated at the backdrop of the Council of the European Union Recommendation of 8 November 2019 on access to social protection for workers and the self-employed, which recommends that all workers and the self-employed in EU-27 should have the right to adequate social protection. It serves as an input for policy efforts and social dialogue on this subject across the Member States. In particular, it supports the European Commission and members of the Indicators Sub-Group of the Social Protection Committee in their efforts to develop and establish a monitoring framework on Access to social protection for workers and the self-employed. The focus is on sickness, accidents at work and occupational diseases, and unemployment related benefits, because coverage of the self-employed under these three branches of social protection has been identified as particularly challenging. The Note addresses formal coverage, but also effectiveness and adequacy of the schemes.