MobileCIT Question 8

"Should the EU negotiate agreements with third countries to protect the healthcare rights of EU citizens residing there?"

Vote here: (MobileCIT question Nr. 8)


The EU provides common rules to protect EU citizens’  social security rights when moving within Europe (EU 27 + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). (1) However, European citizens living outside these areas, in so-called third countries, sometimes face problems with access to healthcare. People who cannot afford private insurance may be left without care (especially the elderly who have difficulties accessing private insurance).


The EU could improve access to healthcare for EU citizens by negotiating agreements on social security with third countries. A concerted EU  approach could lead to more consistent and efficient social security processes.


Social security rules and healthcare coverage for citizens living outside the EU vary across the EU countries. This makes it hard to find an EU-level agreement, and some nationalities may see their benefits reduced.

The collected responses will be used by MobileCIT project partners to lobby for the resolution of the raised issues in the institutions of the European Union and Council of Europe.

We will compile the outcome of the voting by February 2024 and inform you about the result!

The article is posted in collaboration with MobileCIT.