EFTA Court acquits Norway: It’s possible to punish unemployment benefit recipients who travel abroad

Gardermoen Oslo airportPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB
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The EFTA Court upheld Norway’s position that it is possible to punish unemployment benefit recipients who travel abroad.

The advisory statements were published on Wednesday, after the Social Insurance Court and the Borgarting Court of Appeal asked the EFTA Court for an interpretation of the EEA regulations in two cases.

In the statements, the EFTA Court upholds Norway’s position that penalizing or demanding repayment of money from unemployment benefit recipients who reside abroad is in line with the EEA regulations.

In May, the EFTA Court ruled that Norway cannot limit the payment of work assessment allowance and sickness allowance to persons who have traveled to another EEA country, because it is protected by the freedom of movement in the agreement.

The rules for unemployment benefits are regulated in the EEA Regulation in a different way than sickness benefits and work assessment benefits.

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