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Is it still possible to apply for the Retirement Equivalent Allowance (REA)?

Verified 04 June 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

No. The Retirement Equivalent Allowance (REA), for jobseekers who have not reached retirement age but who are eligible for the quarters required to have a full-rate pension, has not been awarded since 1to January 2011. Only persons whose rights to the EAR were opened before 1to January 2011 shall continue to collect it until their duties expire.

Retirement equivalent allowance (REA) for jobseekers who have not reached retirement age is no longer granted since 1to January 2011.

However, persons whose rights to the EAR were opened before 1to January 2011 shall continue to collect it until their duties expire.

There are 2 types of AER:

  • Alternative ERA paid, in place of the specific solidarity allowance (SSA) or RSA: titleContent, to jobseekers who have exhausted their entitlement to the Return to Employment Assistance (RTA) allowance
  • Additional ERA paid to jobseekers in addition to the ERA where the amount of the ERA is less than the amount of the ERA

You must meet the following 2 conditions:

  • Be registered on list of job seekers
  • Justify the number of quarters required (161 quarters) to qualify for a full rate pension before the 1to January 2011

You collect the EAR until your rights expire.

The EAR shall be granted on the basis of resources.

Please note

you benefit, at your request, from the exemption of job search by Pôle emploi.

Alternative AER

€36.50 per day.

The monthly amount shall be equal to the daily amount multiplied by the number of days of the month concerned, or €1,095.00 for a month of 30 days.

The amount of the monthly allowance depends on the resources of the applicant and the person with whom he or she lives as a couple. All resources subject to income tax are included.

The amount withheld is 121st the resources received during the 12 months preceding the application.

The following resources are excluded from the calculation of annual resources:

  • Unemployment or solidarity benefits (ASS,RSA: titleContent)
  • Family benefits
  • Accommodation
  • Internship pay and business income received in the 12 months preceding the application for the RIA

The monthly amount of the EAR varies if the person is alone or in a couple.

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For a single person

The monthly amount of the EAR for a single person depends on his monthly resources.

Amount of EAR per month based on monthly resources

Monthly Resources

Monthly amount of ERA

Less than or equal to €657.00

€1,095.00

Understanding between €657.00 and €1,752.00

Difference between €1,752.00 and resources

Greater than €1,752.00

No AER

If a reduced or occasional professional activity is resumed, the monthly amount of the EAR shall be reduced. The number of days not compensated shall be calculated as follows:

0.60 x (gross remuneration / €36.50).

For a couple

The monthly amount of the EAR for a single couple depends on their monthly resources.

Amount of the AER per month according to the couple's monthly resources

Monthly Resources

Monthly amount of ERA

Less than or equal to €1,423.50

€1,095.00

Understanding between €1,423.50 and €2,518.50

The amount of the EAR varies according to the income of the spouse, spouse or partner of Pacs (unemployment benefits, probationary remuneration).

3 cases:

- no income: AER = Difference between €2,518.50 and resources

- income greater than €1,423.50 :: AER = Difference between €1,095.00 and the amount of the resources (except income of the spouse, cohabiting partner of Pacs)

- income less than €1,423.50 :: AER = Difference between €2,518.50 and the amount of the resources (including the income of the spouse, spouse, partner of Pacs)

Greater than €2,518.50

No AER

If a reduced or occasional professional activity is resumed, the monthly amount of the EAR shall be reduced. The number of days not compensated shall be calculated as follows:

0.60 x (gross remuneration / €36.50).

Add-in AER

To qualify for the add-in AER, you must have resources less than:

  • €1,095.00 if you live alone,
  • €2,518.50 if you are a couple of which less than €1,095.00 as an individual.

The complement EAR complements the applicant's resources up to €1,095.00.. Your spouse's or partner's resources are not included.

Example: a couple has €2,400 per month €900.00 for the EAR applicant and €1,500 for the activity of his spouse or partner of Pacs. The amount of the EAR shall be €157.2 (1,057.20 - 900).

If a reduced or occasional professional activity is resumed, the monthly amount of the EAR shall be reduced. The number of days not compensated shall be calculated as follows:

0.60 x (gross remuneration / €36.50).

The EAR is allocated in 12-month renewable periods.

It shall be renewed under the same conditions as at the firstmother assignment.

It is paid each month by the Employment Center at the end of the month (e.g. at the beginning of November for the October allocation).

When the beneficiary of the supplementary EAR reaches the end of his entitlement to unemployment benefits, his entitlement to the supplementary EAR shall be calculated in accordance with the rules relating to the replacement EAR.