Equal treatment

As EU nationals working in Slovakia, you and your family are entitled to be treated as nationals of our country.

Your rights and benefits are according to the Slovak Antidiscrimination Act are the same as those of Slovak citicens.

Employment, social services, social insurance, social welfare payments and benefits, social advantages, health care, education, goods and services including housing – are spheres in which discrimination on the grounds of sex, religion or belief, race, affiliation with nationality or an ethnic group, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status and family status, colour of skin, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, lineage/gender or other status is prohibited pursuant to the Anti-discrimination Act. In some cases and pursuant to other laws, discrimination is also prohibited on the ground of unfavourable state of health or on the ground of trade union activities or activities in associations.

The Anti-discrimination Act also imposes the duty to provide reasonable accommodation on employers. In particular, it obliges them to take appropriate measures to enable a person with a disability to have access to employment, to promotion or other advance at work and to training.

At the same time, accommodating the needs of a disabled person must not impose a disproportionate burden on an employer.


As an EU national you are entitled to the same benefits as national workers from the day you start working there (employed or self-employed).

This may also include advantages not directly connected to employment, such as reduced train fares, top-up pensions, educational grants, or unemployment benefits for your children when looking for their first job.

You may also be eligible for non-financial benefits, such as the right to interpretation during legal proceedings.

As an EU national you will also be entitled to receive benefits granted to workers and their families for livingin your host country.

Read more on your social security rights – including unemployment benefits, family benefits and pensions.

Cross-border commuters

If you live in a different country from where you work, you will acquire the right to live there even if you are not a national.

If you work across the border, you will be considered as having sufficient means to support yourself.

If you find it difficult to claim residence-based benefits in the country where you live, contact EU assistance services .

Staying abroad after losing your job

If you lose your job while living in another country, you are still entitled to live there. Check conditions and formalities.

Defending your rights – contact


Nationa focal point:

Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and the Family of the Slovak Republic

Department of Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities

Spitalska 4 – 8, 816 43 Bratislava, Slovakia

Phone: +421 2 2046 1812
Fax:       +421 2 5292 1271



National equality and anti-discrimination body

Slovak National Centre for Human Rights

Laurinská 18, 811 01 Bratislava


tel: 02/208 501 25, 26