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Benefits included in the Agreement

General Information:

The Agreement applies to the following benefits:

Relating to Spain:

To the following benefits from the Spanish Social Security system:

    • Economic benefits for maternity.
    • Benefits for permanent disability, old age, and death and survival.
    • Family protection benefits.
    • Financial benefits for work-related injuries and occupational disease.
In relation to Uruguay:

To the following Social Security benefits:

    • The scheme for maternity benefits.
    • The schemes for retirement and pensions based on the distribution or individual capitalisation systems.
    • The scheme for work-related injuries and occupational diseases.
Regarding these benefits, remember that:
    • To get the contributory benefits included in the Agreement, periods of insurance completed in Spain and Uruguay can be added together.
    • Contributory economic benefits, except for those for temporary disability due to work-related injuries and occupational diseases, can be collected regardless of whether the interested party is resident or currently located in Spain or Uruguay.
    • Each country will pay its own benefits directly to the beneficiary.
    • Those who meet the requirements of the legislations of both countries for entitlement to a contributory pension may receive it from either country.


It is granted by the country where the recipient is insured, taking into account, if necessary, any periods of insurance in the other country.

Disability, Old Age, and Survival

1.- Spanish Social Security pensions, and retirement and pensions based on the Uruguayan distribution system.

Each country will examine each application for benefits separately in the following way:

  • They will check whether the interested party is entitled to the benefit, taking into account only their own insurance periods, without adding those of the other country.
  • Also, they will calculate the benefit by adding together their own periods of insurance and those of the other country. In this case, the benefit will not be for the whole amount but a proportion of the periods of insurance in the country granting it and the sum of the periods for Spain and Uruguay.
  • The benefits calculated as indicated in previous sections will be compared, and each country will recognise and pay the benefit which most favours the interested party.
  • In the case of a Spanish Social Security retirement pension that considers a total of insurance periods accredited in Uruguay, this total shall also be used to determine the age of entitlement to the pension.
2.- Retirement and pensions from the Uruguayan individual capitalisation system:
  • Workers affiliated to a Pension Savings Fund Administration will be entitled to pensions based on the accumulated balance in their individual capitalisation accounts.
  • These benefits will be added to the benefits from the Uruguayan distributions scheme, if the worker meets the requirements of the Uruguayan legislation.

Work-related Injury and Occupational Disease:

The benefit will be determined by the country whose legislation the worker is subject to on the date when the accident occurred or the disease was contracted.

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