Препоръка No. R (99) 17 относно подобряване на сътрудничеството между страните-членки в сферата на социалното осигуряване
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 15 September 1999 at the 679th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

The Committee of Ministers, pursuant to Article 15.b. of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

Considering that the aim of the Council of Europe is to achieve a closer unity between its members in order, inter alia, to facilitate their social progress by promoting the adoption of common regulations within the social field;
Considering that, in adopting the European Convention on Social Security and the Supplementary Agreement for its application, the member States of the Council of Europe have demonstrated their resolve to ensure that foreigners and nationals are treated on an equal basis in the area of social security;
Considering that cross-border mobility continues to increase, necessitating greater co-operation between member States' social security institutions;
Recalling that any exchange of information between institutions must be carried out with due regard to the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, to Recommendation No. R (86) 1 adopted by the Committee of Ministers on the protection of personal data used for social security purposes, and to Recommendation No. R (97) 5 on the protection of medical data;
Considering that it is important to improve the effectiveness of co-operation procedures between member States' social security institutions for monitoring events arising in another member State;
Taking account of the fact that certain countries incorporate specific mutual clauses into their bilateral or multilateral social security agreements aimed at improving co-operation for the prevention of social security abuse;
Considering that more general use could be made of this practise, which aims to delimit the scope of mutual assistance clauses usually found in bilateral or multilateral social security agreements;

Recommends that member States' governments:

– draw on the main principles set out in the appendix below when drafting bilateral and multilateral social security agreements;

– ensure that the principles set out in the appendix to the present recommendation are widely disseminated among the competent authorities;

– take the measures necessary to improve the efficiency of co-operation procedures among social security institutions, in particular:
a. by fostering specialised contacts between the social security institutions;
b. by developing data exchange among social security institutions with a view to improving efficiency of the public service for persons covered by social security agreements, in order to contribute to rendering the implementation of these agreements more transparent while at the same time preventing abuse.