Combating A1 certificate fraud

Revising the Social Security coordination Regulation to combat A1 certificate fraud: a first step has been taken but more must be done.

France’s Retirement Pension Fund for Professional Air Crew in Civil Aviation is aware that the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs voted on November 20, 2019, to revise the Regulation on the coordination of Social Security systems.

CRPNPAC salutes the MEPs’ wisdom in voting to remove two amendments which were specific to air crew members in civil aviation: these had been designed to cover circumstances which in reality are fraudulent, such as the systematic creation of (actual or fictional) air crew staff, and air crew employment with no declared home base.

The removal of these amendments at CRPNPAC’s request is a real achievement for all involved in French air transportation: air crew members, airlines, and CRPNPAC.

However, CRPNPAC is disappointed that the draft revision of the Social Security coordination Regulation, which was adopted yesterday, does not go further in helping to combat A1 certificate fraud.

In order to combat A1 certificate fraud, CRPNPAC would like to reiterate our proposals to further revise the Regulation on the coordination of Social Security systems.

Our proposals are available online here.

CRPNPAC’s chairman Michel Janot has this to say: «While the text adopted yesterday by the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs in order to revise the Social Security coordination Regulation allows for the removal of certain amendments which France’s supplementary retirement pension scheme for professional air crew members in civil aviation viewed as posing a threat, it does not go far enough in helping to combat A1 certificate fraud. To effectively combat the fraudulent use of A1 certificates, CRPNPAC would like to call attention to our additional proposals, which include the need to bolster the powers and the role of domestic judges in dealing with cases involving A1 certificate fraud. We will not let up in our efforts to convey this message and make it heard in the inter-institutional negotiation phase leading up to the adoption of the final text.»

Press contact:

Ms. Sandrine Johnson – CRPN’s Executive Vice President in charge of Legal and Institutional Affairs– 01.41.92.25.03.

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