About: pensions

Elections 02-11-2017

German coalition talks: Between old-age poverty and cannabis legalisation

The first round of the German coalition talks on social policy was a meeting to get an initial feeling for where the parties stand. However, some common things are emerging: in the fight against old-age poverty, shortage of nurses and long-term unemployment. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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.
Economy & Jobs 29-06-2017

Dombrovskis: ‘There is appetite for a pan-European pensions product’

The European Commission will propose a new pan-European personal pension today (29 June). In an interview with journalists, Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis argues that the new scheme would help save more money in an ageing society.
Digital 09-06-2017

Commission struggles with tax exemptions in EU-wide pension proposal

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis admitted on Thursday (8 June) that full harmonisation across Europe, for the tax regime applied to the upcoming EU-wide personal pension insurance, was "unlikely".

ECAS: National administrations ‘lack EU spirit’

A “negative attitude” and a “lack of EU spirit” for solving issues such as issuing residence permits and claiming pensions was decried by representatives of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) at a public event on Wednesday (12 April).

Rajoy outlines 2017 plan, hopes for minimal Brexit disruption

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has told the presidents of Spain's autonomous communities that improving the country's welfare state could be possible but will depend entirely on getting back to pre-economic crisis levels. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Europe must keep its promises to older people under the SDGs

Today, 928 million people are aged 60 and over – by 2050 that number will grow to 2 billion. An ageing worldwide demographic presents new challenges requiring our attention both close to home and further afield, writes Mairead McGuinness.

Time to take action on pension savings

Europe’s pension savings gap has hit an eye-watering €2 trillion.  The EU and member state governments need to support and encourage people to save more for retirement, writes David McMillan.
Brexit 10-08-2016

Stumped by transgender pension case, UK top court seeks EU help

A complex legal dispute involving a transgender woman's pension rights over a period when her gender had not been officially recognised has divided Britain's Supreme Court, which referred the issue on Wednesday (10 August) to the European Union's top court.
Climate change 06-06-2016

EU policymakers face major test of ambition to enable sustainable investment

International cooperation at the end of 2015, illustrated by the COP21 agreement and the adoption of the SDGs, was the first major milestone. But now effective implementation has to be the priority and the EU’s pensions and investment sector will have a crucial role to play, writes Camilla de Ste Croix.
Euro & Finance 05-01-2016

Greece’s proposed pension reforms get no backing from opposition

Greece's leftist-led government offered a reform plan for the country's pension system that would cut future benefits, with no backing from the political opposition, before talks with official lenders resume later this month.

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.
Development Policy 06-05-2015

FTT for climate change is a noble cause, but the wrong tool

François Hollande’s aim of supporting a climate deal at the COP21 in Paris this year is noble and right, but he has chosen the wrong tool to do it, writes Matti Leppälä.
Ex-Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, in the European Parliament. [EP]

Interim commissioner bonuses branded ‘excessive’

Interim EU commissioners, elected in July, will receive roughly half a million euros for just four months of work, along with a bonus and pension plan comparable to fully-fledged commissioners. This system needs reform, critics contend. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Italian presidency

Renzi rules out rising taxes, cutting pensions

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi denied yesterday (21 August) that his government planned to raise taxes, cut pensions or adopt corrective measures to rein in the budget deficit this year.
Court of justice EU

European Court: Male civil servants discriminated against in France

The European Court of Justice has pointed the finger at unequal retirement plans between men and women in the French civil service. EURACTIV France reports.
Protest

Retirees help out their crisis-hit kids

Record-high unemployment across southern Europe has led relatively prosperous retirees to provide an informal safety net, via their pensions, for their children, in order to fight widespread poverty.

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.

Pensioner shoots himself at Greek Parliament, refused to ‘search for food in garbage’

A cash-strapped Greek pensioner shot and killed himself outside parliament in Athens today (4 April) saying he refused to scrounge for food in rubbish, touching a nerve among ordinary Greeks feeling the brunt of the country's economic crisis.
Health 16-01-2012

Poll: EU not worried about getting older, working longer

The numbers of working Europeans between 55 and 64 has leapt by 10% in the last decade, say statistics published today on the launch of the EU’s year of active and healthy ageing.

Expert: Countries with egalitarian welfare schemes coped better with crisis

Countries with paritarian welfare institutions - those in which pensions, health care and other social protection schemes are negotiated equally between employers and social partners - were significantly better able to cope with the financial and economic crises, Francesco Briganti of the European Association of Paritarian Institutions of Social Protection (AEIP) told EURACTIV.hu in an interview.

Andor: ‘Make room for more social inclusion measures with ESF funding’

Since Europe has more employment and social problems now than before the crisis, more social inclusion measures need to be supported by the European Social Fund (ESF), which should be given competences on financial engineering, said László Andor, EU commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Slovakia.

Bridging Europe’s pensions gap

As pressure on Europe's pension systems continues to grow, the EU can and must take on a greater role in pension policy, writes Andrea Moneta, chief executive of Aviva Europe, in a commentary for EURACTIV.

Analyst: Retirement age should be linked to life expectancy

Politicians across Europe should be frank with voters about the reforms required to address to the looming demographic crisis, according to Hans Martens from the European Policy Centre think-tank (EPC). The furore over France's attempt to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 "barely touches on the real problem," he said, adding that retirement should be linked to life expectancy.