System for electronic exchange of information EESSI

The system for electronic exchange of social security information (EESSI) is a new system for exchange of information between the social security institutions in the EU countries.

The system is used when processing cases related to social security that concern several countries. Via the system, the social security institutions in the EU countries can exchange information speedily and safely. When all EU countries have started using the system for electronic exchange of information, the sending of paper forms between the social security institutions will end.

In December 2019, the Finnish Workers’ Compensation Center was the first in Finland to take into use the system for electronic exchange of social security information as regards compensations for industrial accidents and occupational diseases.

At Kela, the exchange of information started in February 2020 as regards certain cases related to illness and unemployment. In February, the unemployment funds, TE Services and the Employment Fund also started the exchange of information as regards unemployment benefits, as well as the other accident insurance institutions as regards the accident insurance sector. At Kela, the exchange of information was in March extended to family benefits and certain situations related to illness. In addition, the rest of the situations related to unemployment were also included.

As regards the different benefits provided by Kela and the other Finnish institutions, the exchange of information will be introduced in phases during the current year.

For the customers, the introduction of the system will not cause any changes.

Kela is responsible for maintaining the Finnish EESSI contact point

In preparation for the introduction of the system, each EU country has established a national contact point. Kela is responsible for the maintenance of the Finnish contact point. Via the contact point, information is exchanged between the Finnish authorities and the social security institutions in the other EU countries. There is a total of about 6,200 social security institutions in the EU and EEA countries and in Switzerland.

In Finland the following organisations exchange information via the system: Kela, the Finnish Centre for Pensions, the authorised pension providers, the Finnish Workers’ Compensation Center, the accident insurance institutions, TE Services and the Employment Fund

Current news about EESSI

Kela adopts a system for the electronic exchange of social security information (13 February, 2020)

Finland will join the system for electronic exchange of social security information in the EU/EEA area (9 December, 2019)

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