Challenges in Combating Pensioner Poverty
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Asghar Zaidi


Conference under the Finnish EU Presidency, 4-5 December 2006, Helsinki

High policy officials from all Member States of the European Union as well as experts from academia and other non-government organisations will attend the above two-day conference "Challenges in Combating Pensioner Poverty" in Helsinki.

Aims
The purpose of the conference will be to bring together international experts on poverty and pensions and debate future pension policy options in combating the risk of poverty amongst pensioners.
High policy officials from all Member States of the European Union as well as experts from academia and other non-government organisations will attend the above two-day conference “Challenges in Combating Pensioner Poverty” in Helsinki.
On the first day of the conference, the discussions will highlight the key policy developments in the pension system across EU countries, such as the strengthening of the minimum income guarantee for pensioners, reforms in earnings-related public pensions, introduction of statutory funded pensions. Next, it will be discussed how these reforms are likely to impact on retirement incomes and poverty risk amongst pensioners.
On the second day, experts will present the synthesis of the discussion from the first day, outlining policy options for tackling the risk of poverty amongst future pensioners. These policy options will then be discussed by selective groups of international experts and other participants. The conference will be concluded by a roundtable discussion, which will revolve around a list of questions arising from issues such as:
  • What policy choices towards a fiscally as well as socially sustainable Europe?
  • What lessons can Member States draw from pension policy experiences of other countries? What role of the Open Method of Coordination in the field of pensions?
  • What role for international organisations in ensuring that good practices are identified and lessons learned are disseminated?
  • What future research agenda to address the issue of how pension policy affects poverty risk of pensioners?
For more details, please refer to the conference programme (see also downloads).

The conference will be jointly organised by
National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES, contact Marjaliisa Kauppinen),
The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA),
The Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK),
European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research
and European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, contact
Olivier Bontout .

Publications & Background Reading

Project Reports
First Report: Poverty of Elderly People in EU25, (revised version July 10, 2006), Appendices (revised version July 10, 2006)
Second Report: Pension Policy in EU25 and its possible Impact on Elderly Poverty, (revised version July 10, 2006), Appendices (revised version July 10, 2006)

Policy Briefs
Poverty of Elderly People in EU25 (2006)

Pension Policy in EU25 and its Possible Impact on Elderly Poverty (2006)

Reports from the European Commission and the Social Protection Committee
Synthesis Report on Adequate and Sustainable Pensions (2006)

Presentations
Monday:
Bauernberger Bontout Chlon-Dominczak de Vos Fernandez Lopez Fornero Forss Gal Knell Latto Palme Kostiainen Uusitalo Zaidi
Tuesday:
Bontout-Zaidi Pukkila Riquier Tsakloglou Whelan

Gärtner


Downloads
Event Challenges in Combating Pensioner Poverty - Conference Programm
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Speakers Role
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