Exploring solutions to Europe’s pension challenges
European Retirement Week, taking place annually in the last week of November, provides a platform for a wide range of stakeholders to debate the future of pensions in Europe and raise citizens' awareness of the need to save for retirement and achieve pension adequacy. This year, in its third iteration, European Retirement Week kicks off on 27 November.
Commissioners McGuinness and Schmit, EIOPA chair to open European Retirement Week 2022
BRUSSELS, 28 November 2022 – The second edition of European Retirement Week kicks off today with a high-level physical event, featuring:
Keynote speeches by Mairead McGuinness, European Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and the Capital Markets Union and Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights.
A discussion with EIOPA chair Petra Hielkema, moderated by Bruegel’s Maria Demertzis.
This second edition of European Retirement Week (28 November – 2 December) is taking place in a context of continued demographic change, which is, in combination with budgetary and economic constraints, putting pressure on pension systems. The fact that societies are facing rising old age poverty rates and persistent social inequality confirms the need to ensure an adequate retirement income for all.
Throughout European Retirement Week, the participating associations are organising events, resulting in a rich programme that touches upon different angles of the pensions challenge. The full programme is available on the new European Retirement Week website.
Participating associations include AGE Platform Europe, Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), BETTER FINANCE, Cross Border Benefits Alliance - Europe (CBBA-Europe), ETS Project Consortium, European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles (INREV), European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP), the European Banking Federation (EBF), The European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA), EFAMA, the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE), Insurance Europe, Invest Europe, PensionsEurope.
The second edition of European Retirement Week kicks off with an in-person launch event on Monday 28 November (at 17h CET).
The event will feature keynote speeches by Mairead McGuinness, European Commissioner for financial services, financial stability and Capital Markets Union and Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights. The event will also include a conversation about the pension challenge with EIOPA Chair, Petra Hielkema.
The event takes place at the Thon Hotel EU in Brussels. Register here.
European Retirement Week 2022 will take place from 28 November through to 3 December 2022.
The group of stakeholders behind the initiative jointly promote the two main goals of European Retirement Week: raising awareness of the pension challenge, and serving as a platform for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss possible solutions to ensure that people in Europe can count on adequate and sustainable pensions today and tomorrow.
Demographic changes, combined with rising poverty rates among older persons, heightened environmental risks, and budgetary constraints, are placing severe pressures on pension systems. European Retirement Week was launched amid and in response to this context as a forum for interested parties to share ideas and best practices.
The exact details of the 2022 programme will be published after the summer on a new, dedicated website.
Participating associations: Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), AGE Platform Europe, BETTER FINANCE, Cross Border Benefits Alliance - Europe (CBBA-Europe), ETS Project Consortium, European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP), the European Banking Federation (EBF), EFAMA, the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE), Insurance Europe, Invest Europe, and PensionsEurope.