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PENSION REFORM IN THE EUROPEAN UNION -
Comparing the Different National Approaches

PARIS

15-16 May 2008

International Seminar for Experts in the series 'Great Debates' organised by the Cicero Foundation, Maastricht/Paris
Code GD 2870

PROGRAMME


Venue: Maison de l'Amérique Latine
217, boulevard Saint-Germain
75007 PARIS
Date: 15-16 May 2008
Language:


Thursday, 15 May 2008


09.30 - 09.40

Welcome and Introduction

09.40 - 10.30

Per ECKEFELDT
European Commission, Brussels
Directorate General Economic and Financial Affairs


Pension Reform in the European Union:
How to Cope with Ageing Populations?


10.30 - 10.50

Break / Photo Session

10.50 - 11.40

Georgina HILL
British Embassy, Paris
Labour and Social Affairs Attaché


Recent Pension Reforms in the UK

11.40 - 12.30

Prof. Giuliano BONOLI
Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration
IDHEAP, Lausanne
Head of Social Policy Unit
Author of \"The Politics of Pension Reform: Institutional and
Policy Change in Western Europe\", Cambridge University Press, 2000


Ageing and Pension Reform around the World -
Can EU Member States Learn from Pension Reforms
in Asia and the US?


12.30 - 13.40

Lunch

14.10 - 15.00

Marcel H. VAN HERPEN
Director
The Cicero Foundation


Pension Reform and Welfare Reform in the EU:
How to Combine Justice, Efficiency, and Innovation
in Ageing Societies?


15.00 - 16.00

WORKSHOPS

Workshop I:
Pension Reform: What Role for the EU?


* The EU Synthesis Report on Adequate and
Sustainable Pensions: An Assessment
* Does the Open Method of Coordination Work?
* The Pension Fund Directive:
Towards a Single Market for Work-Related
Pension Schemes?
* Pension Reform and the Lisbon Objectives
* Pension Reform and the Growth and Stability Pact


Workshop II:
Pension Reform: Comparing the Different National
Approaches

* Pension Reform in the UK and Ireland:
The Secrets of a Market Based Approach
* Pension Reform in Demographic Risk Countries:
The Cases of Italy, Germany, Austria, Portugal
and Greece
* Pension Reform in the New EU Member States:
Do the Problems of the EU-12 Differ from
the EU-15?
* Why are the Scandinavian Member States More
Successful in Adapting their Pension Systems?



16.00 - 16.20

Break

16.20 - 17.10

Ronald WUIJSTER
Head of Strategy and Research
ABP, The Netherlands
(ABP is the third largest pension fund in the world)


The Investment Strategy of ABP: Hedging Longevity
Risks in a Volatile Economic Environment



Friday, 16 May 2008


09.30 - 10.20

Ephraim MARQUER
Director of Employee Savings and Retirement Schemes
Director of Private Equity and Venture Capital
French Investment Funds and Asset Managers
Association AFG, Paris


The Pensions Crisis in France-
Causes and Remedies


10.20 - 10.40

Break

10.40 - 11.30

Didier BLANCHET
National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies
INSEE, Paris
Department of Economic Studies


Can Pension Systems Still Fulfill their Implicit Engagement?

11.30 - 12.20

Mika VIDLUND
Finnish Centre for Pensions
Pensions Specialist
Planning Service Unit


Pension Reform in the Nordic Countries:
What Can Other EU Member States Learn?


12.30 - 13.40

Lunch

14.30 - 16.00

WORKSHOPS

Workshop III:
Pension Reform in the EU against the Background
of Declining Birth Rates and Ageing Populations


* Towards Closer Links Between
Contributions and Benefits?
* Towards an Increased Coverage by Occupational
and Private Pensions?
* Lifelong Training for Older Workers?
* Ending Early Retirement Schemes?
* Towards a Gradual Progressive Retirement?
* Shifting Responsibility for Adequate Pensions
Away from Governments?



16.00 - 16.20

Break

16.20 - 17.10

Joern WESENBERG
Deutsche Rentenversicherung, Berlin
German Old Age Pension Insurance
Pensions Specialist


Keeping Pensions Sustainable and Adequate
The German Approach