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Tajani and Calderone: agreement with Albania on pensions and unemployment benefits to protect workers in the two countries

Today, Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Tajani and Italian Minister of Labour and Social Policies Marina Calderone celebrated the signing of the bilateral “Social Security Agreement” between Italy and Albania, which will regulate the pension benefits and unemployment, sickness and maternity benefits of those who work or have worked as employed or self-employed persons in the two States. The agreement was signed at the Farnesina by Minister Tajani with the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania, Igli Hasani.

According to Tajani, “the agreement we have entered into today will give all Italian and Albanian workers certainty about their pension future, also ensuring disability, old-age, survivors’ and unemployment benefits and guaranteeing equal treatment in Italy and Albania”.

“I would like to thank Minister Tajani for the work done together to advance this negotiation with a country historically friendly to Italy such as Albania”, said Italian Minister of Labour and Social Policies Marina Calderone. “We are moving towards common rules for companies, workers and their families in the respective countries in order to facilitate the mutual recognition of social rights”.

Following today’s signing, the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, in cooperation with INPS, will start negotiations for a bilateral administrative agreement with which to make the agreement operational. The agreement does not cover health benefits in kind, family benefits and risk protection against accidents and occupational diseases, as well as non-contributory benefits.

During the meeting between Tajani and Hasani, the two ministers agreed on the common will of the Italian and Albanian governments to continue to strengthen the already intense political dialogue and deepen cooperation in the economic and security fields.

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