Poland and Bulgaria’s bilateral agreements with Eastern partnership countries in the context of circular migration

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The article aims to examine the existing possibilities for social security coordination with Eastern partnership countries by taking as case studies two new Member States with relatively recent migration policies: Bulgaria and Poland. It first presents social security coordination dynamics at the national level, looking into the bilateral agreements concluded by Bulgaria and Poland and at their personal and material scope. Then it moves to an analysis of their implementation based on empirical data gathered through focus groups with migrant workers coming from Ukraine and Russia, interviews with officials and data obtained from the respective Ministries. The article employs a rights-based framework for analysis consisting of international standards in the field of coordination of social security, against which it assesses the bilateral agreements concluded by Bulgaria and Poland with Eastern Partnership countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-203
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Security
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2018
EventTRANSMIC workshop on the External Dimension of EU Social Security Coordination
- Brussels , Belgium
Duration: 16 Feb 201716 Feb 2017


  • bilateral agreements on social security coordination, Eastern partnership, Bulgaria, Poland, circular migration
  • Poland
  • circular migration
  • bilateral agreements on social security coordination
  • Bulgaria
  • Eastern partnership

Research Output

The external dimension of EU social security coordination

van der Mei, A., Melin, P., Vankova, Z. & Verschueren, H., 28 Jun 2018, In : European Journal of Social Security. 20, 2, p. 81-85 5 p.

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  • 1 Visiting an external institution

International Centre for Migration Policy Development

Zvezda Vankova (Visiting researcher)

Jan 2017Mar 2017

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TRANSMIC workshop on the External Dimension of EU Social Security Coordination

Zvezda Vankova (Organiser) & Pauline Melin (Organiser)

17 Feb 2016

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