Social Security Agreement between Turkey and Belgium is in Force

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Social Security Agreement between Turkey and Hungary signed in Ankara on 11th April 2014 has been adopted in Parliament and the related Law No. 6982 has been published in the Official Gazette on 3rd April 2017. The agreement will replace the agreement valid from 1st May 1968 between two countries.

 

Outlines of the agreement

  • Equal treatment: Persons in the scope of this agreement will, with respect to social security, have the same rights and obligations, as provided or stipulated for a citizen of the contracting country
  • As Regard to entitlement to social security benefits (retirement etc.) provided by contracting parties, the length of services acquired in both country will be combined
  • Healthcare benefits for insured and their families residing in other country will be safeguarded by legislation of both countries
  • Self-employed and civil servants will be in the scope of the social security and will benefit from healthcare services
  •  If a person transfers his residence to other country while receiving income, he will continue to receive this income without any decrease in the country to which  he transferred his residence
  • Benefits in the scope of temporary incapacity will be provided by both contracting parties
  • Insured or retired employees in Belgium, as well as their spouse and children will benefit from healthcare services for 90 days while they are in Turkey (instead of 45 days in the former agreement).

Posting – secondment

Secondment/posting period is 24 calendar years.

In case an employee is send by the employers to work temporarily on behalf of this employer in the other contracting country, that employee will continue to be subject to the legislation of sending country, on condition that posting period doesn’t exceed 24 calendar years and the posting doesn’t aimed at replacing a previously posted person.

turkceThis period may be extended up to 36 months by mutual agreement of contracting countries, prior to ending of 24 months period.

For full text of the agreement in Turkish, Belgian and French please visit here.

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