About: pension reform

Economy & Jobs 17-07-2017

‘Demographic dependency’ casts shadow over employment report

Young people in Europe will be squeezed by shrinking pensions and demographic change, adding pressure to under 25-year-olds who are already weighed down by a stubbornly high unemployment rate.
Future EU 21-03-2017

What’s in store for the EU (hint: it might not be what you think)

Certainly, the past 10 years have been tough for Europe but, as the EU celebrates its 60th anniversary, it must also build on its positive achievements in order to tackle the numerous challenges ahead, writes Jacques Bughin.
Economy & Jobs 16-03-2017

Commission worried Romania will miss 2017 deficit target

The European Commission is still concerned that Romania will go from registering the highest growth in the EU to racking up the biggest budget deficit. But Bucharest insists there is no cause for concern. EURACTIV Romania reports.
03-11-2016

Greek retirees protest pension cuts

Greek pensioners took to the streets of the capital on Thursday (3 November) to protest against a new wave of pension cuts the leftist-led government imposed as part of an austerity drive prescribed by international lenders.

Welfare systems should be fair and promote solidarity between generations

In a Europe, with a growing gulf between the “haves” and the “have nots”, we are witnessing that welfare systems are creating what they should overcome: inequality. The purpose of a welfare system is to act as a safety net for everyone, but this is no longer happening, writes Allan Päll.
Euro & Finance 25-02-2016

Maria João Rodrigues: We should invest in Europe and expand domestic demand

The European Parliament insists that fiscal consolidation and reforms are not enough and that the EU should have a strong priority in investment in Europe and expanding the internal domestic demand, Maria João Rodrigues told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Pension reform sparks fiercest protests since Tsipras took office

Thousands marched in Greece yesterday (4 February) as a crippling general strike against pension reforms swept the country, with hooded youths lobbing firebombs at riot police in scattered skirmishes in Athens.
Agrifood 03-02-2016

Greek farmers’ border blockade angers Bulgarians

Bulgaria is losing patience with Greek farmers, who have blocked border checkpoints for a third consecutive day today (3 February), protesting against a planned overhaul of the pension system.
Euro & Finance 15-01-2016

Athens caves in, accepts IMF participation in bailout plan

Greece "fully accepted" on Thursday (14 January) that the hardline IMF take a role in its massive third bailout, backing away from one of the last battle lines splitting Athens and its eurozone creditors.
EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici

Greece agrees pension reforms to apply from July

Greece and its lenders discussing a third multi-billion-euro bailout deal have agreed that pension reforms will affect only those who retired after the end of June, labour ministry officials said on Monday (3 August).
Global Europe 16-06-2015

Tsipras to play his last cards

Greece and its creditors are locked in a stalemate after loan talks collapsed over the weekend, bringing Athens just two weeks away from a catastrophic default on its debt. On Thursday (18 June), when the Eurogroup will for the last time try to find a solution, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will be on a visit to Russia.

Europe’s low interest rates a headache for corporate pensions

Historically low interest rates in the eurozone are becoming an increasing headache for companies forced to set aside billions in extra cash to meet their pension obligations to employees.

Reframing the longevity and ageing

The problem of an ever ageing population is not unsolvable, especially if retirement is not an obligation. What may prove tricky is what measures to take to keep older people active, ambitions and hungry for achievement, writes Žiga Turk.
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Economy & Jobs 29-08-2013

French pension reform raises concerns in Brussels

As France fails to make in-depth changes to its pension system, the European Commission expressed concerns over the additional burden it could place on the private sector’s competitiveness.

French pension reform raises concerns in Brussels

As France fails to make in-depth changes to its pension system, the European Commission expressed concerns over the additional burden it could place on the private sector’s competitiveness. 

Sweden considers raising retirement age to 75

Swedes should be prepared to work until they are 75 and to change careers in the middle of their work life if they are to keep the welfare standards they expect, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said.

EU in search of retirement age formula

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt recently said Swedes may have to stretch their working life from 65 to 75 years in order to keep the same standard of living. But societies in most EU countries are not prepared for such a drastic change, the EURACTIV network reports.

Human rights court inundated with Hungary complaints

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg is overwhelmed with individual applications from Hungarian nationals who consider themselves abused by a pension reform that took effect a year ago with the objective of filling the state coffers.
Euro & Finance 27-10-2011

Paganetto: Not only pension reform, Italy must boost productivity

Pension reform is not enough to solve the debt crisis in Italy, the government should adopt urgent measures to boost growth and redress the lack of productivity, said Italian economist Luigi Paganetto, in an interview with EURACTIV Italy.

Czech Republic kicks off pension reform

Czech lawmakers gave their initial approval on 13 July to a pension bill that bucks a trend of unravelling retirement reforms in some EU newcomers but has triggered protests and hurt the government's popularity. EURACTIV Czech Republic contributed to this article.
Central Europe 29-03-2011

Poland saves on pensions to cut budget deficit

Controversial pension reform adopted by the Polish parliament last Friday (25 March) has met with criticism from employers' federations and business circles. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Central Europe 24-12-2010

EU firms nervous about new Hungarian laws, taxes

Fifteen large European firms have filed a complaint to the European Commission about hastily-adopted taxes in Hungary which they say threatens their activities in the country taking over the rotating EU Presidency. EURACTIV.hu reports from Budapest.
Euro & Finance 14-12-2010

Poland, Hungary at odds over pension reform ahead of EU summit

The European Commission confirmed yesterday (13 December) it had reached an agreement with Poland on giving countries that have reformed their pension systems more leeway over fiscal policy. In the meantime, the parliament in Budapest voted to effectively dismantle pension reform. The issue will be on the agenda of EU leaders at their 16-17 December summit.
Euro & Finance 13-12-2010

Poland strikes pension deal with EU

Poland reached an agreement with the European Union aimed at loosening public finance rules in order to take into account costs of pension reform, Poland's Finance Ministry said on Friday (10 December).