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Occupational pensions: Revision of the Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision Directive (IORP II) [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by David Eatock (4th edition), In 2014, the European Commission proposed a revision (‘IORP II’) of the existing Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORP) Directive of 2003, which covers certain occupational pension savings. These are overwhelmingly in the United Kingdom (55.9% of IORP assets) and the Netherlands (30.7%). The proposed revision aims to improve … Continue reading

European Union pensions policy

Although Member States have the primary responsibility for designing their pension systems, major demographic changes along with strong economic shocks make the case for updating the European Union’s role as regards pensions. The European Commission’s 2012 White Paper on pensions has been fundamental to this process. Describing how the European Union (EU) could best help Member States to provide … Continue reading

Ageing population: projections 2010 – 2060 for the EU27

Ageing of the European Union (EU) population has a major impact on society and in terms of economics. A decreasing birth rate and an increase in life expectancy are expected to transform the shape of the EU’s age pyramid and also raise the median age. In the 50 years from 2010 to 2060, the population … Continue reading

Occupational pensions: ‘Second pillar’ provision in the EU policy context

The ageing population in the European Union and the effects of the financial and economic crisis have strained the sustainability of public pension schemes in Member States (MS). To ensure adequate incomes for people after retirement, many MS are putting increasing emphasis on supplementary forms of retirement income. These include occupational pension schemes that provide … Continue reading

Social welfare protection: the EU, USA and China

Social welfare costs generally make up a large part of governments’ total budgets in developed countries. Although the share is lower in China, amounts are rising rapidly. The most costly elements in many countries are healthcare and pensions. Both areas have required real increases in budgets for many years because of the ageing of populations: … Continue reading

Pensions: Balancing years in work and retirement, and private savings are key for the future

On 16 February 2012, the European Commission published a white paper “An Agenda for Adequate, Safe and Sustainable Pensions“. It provides suggestions for reforming national pension systems. A strong focus is given to creating a balance between years in work and in retirement. The Commission puts forward several key measures:   Live longer, work longer. By … Continue reading

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