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Future-proof social security from an international perspective


The opportunity to physically participate in the conference has been closed. You can follow the morning part of the conference via a livestream. We kindly ask you to register for that.  


The purpose of social security is to provide an income to those in need. Social security systems around the world are designed based on where people live and how much they work and earn. For instance, consider someone who lives in Amsterdam, works from home two days a week for a French employer in Brussels, and also runs their own online store. What does this mean for that person’s social security?

As the organisation responsible for implementing the Dutch national insurance schemes, the Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB) faces the challenges of these new ways of living and working. Additionally, we must ensure that our public services are ready for the future, in light of other trends such as an ageing population and a tight job market. The Sociale Verzekeringsbank has therefore commissioned KU Leuven and the European Institute of Social Security to jointly conduct extensive research on promising perspectives and potential challenges for social security in the future. The findings of this research, including practical insights, will be presented at this conference, organised by the Sociale Verzekeringsbank in collaboration with KU Leuven and the European Institute of Social Security. The aim is to share insights, increase knowledge, and find practical ways to ensure that the implementation of social security remains feasible for everyone and is ready for the future.

During the conference, we will explore potential challenges to social security, such as labour mobility and migration, the impact of digitisation on the implementation of social security schemes, the relationship between policy and fundamental rights, and the coordination of social security systems. How will these challenges affect our daily work and how should we address them? How can service providers collaborate more effectively across borders?

Future challenges for social security schemes will impact us all in our daily work. It is therefore important to examine these challenges from various perspectives: politicians, policymakers, judges, service providers, and researchers. By collaborating and exchanging knowledge, we can ensure that our social security systems contribute to livelihood security in the future.

Diana Starmans
Member of the Board of Directors
Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB)

Practical information:

Date:              Thursday, 29 February 2024

Location:        Beeld & Geluid, Zeestraat 82, 2516 AD The Hague

Timeline:        9.00 a.m. – 4.15 p.m.

Language:      Primarily English