Yes that's what I mean. You qualified for a partial pension from each country in its own right. You didn't rely on social insurance contributions in one EU state to qualify you for a partial pension in another. For example in Germany I have to have made 5 years contributions (paid or credited) under the German system to qualify for a partial German pension. If I only have say 3 years and can't get credited contributions for any more, then I will combine my German contributions with my Irish ones so that the German ones don't just vanish.