677. Social security and healthcare.

The EU Charter provides that the EU recognises and respects the entitlement to social security benefits and social services providing protection in cases such as maternity, illness, industrial accidents, dependency or old age, and in the case of loss of employment1, that everyone residing and moving legally within the EU is entitled to social security benefits and social advantages2, and that in order to combat social exclusion and poverty, the EU recognises and respects the right to social and housing assistance so as to ensure a decent existence for all those who lack sufficient resources3. The Charter also provides