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Agreement between the Republic of Slovenia and Montenegro on social security

 

At today’s session, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia approved the text of the Act Ratifying the Agreement on Social Security between the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Montenegro, and an Administrative Agreement on the Implementation of the Agreement on Social Security between the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Montenegro.

 

Concluding bilateral agreements on social security or social insurance is one of the basic ways to ensure the social rights of workers who are or were employed in the countries of the respective parties to the Agreement. The Agreement will enable social security rights to be exercised, including those pertaining to the pre-independence period. It will contribute to better and improved relations between the two countries. Montenegro is the last of the former Yugoslav republic with which Slovenia is to conclude such an agreement.

 

The social security agreement covers basic areas of social security, including health care and health insurance, occupational accident and work-related disease insurance, maternity and paternity benefits and unemployment insurance. The text does not essentially differ from other bilateral agreements concluded by Slovenia with the other countries that have emerged from Yugoslavia (Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and is based the core principles agreed between EU member states.

 

The most significant part of the Agreement refers to regulating pension and disability insurance, which will enable insured persons who have paid contributions in the countries of the respective parties to the Agreement to exercise a proportional share of rights in both countries.