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PensionsEurope presents two new papers at the PensionsEurope conference 2017

8 June 2017 - Today, PensionsEurope presents two new papers at the PensionsEurope conference 2017: 

- Towards a New Design for Workplace Pensions

- Principles for Securing Good Outcomes for Members of Defined Contribution Plans Throughout Europe

You can find the press release here.

PensionsEurope answer to the EC consultation on the operation of the ESAs

In its answer to the to the European Commission consultation on the operations of the European Supervisory Authorities, PensionsEurope e.g. stresses that the current powers and tools of the ESAs are more than sufficient related to IORPs. Taking into account the fact that IORPs are built on a foundation of national social, labour and tax law, they should be mainly supervised by national supervisory authorities.

PensionsEurope is not in favour of granting additional powers to EIOPA to require more information from IORPs. New requirements should be introduced only if the expected benefits clearly outweigh additional costs.

IORPs should not be treated as purely financial service providers. Their social function and the triangular relationship between an employee, an employer, and an IORP should be adequately acknowledged and supported by the ESAs.

The ESAs should refrain from impinging upon the right of initiative of the European Commission to come up with new legislative initiatives that go beyond the existing framework of the single rulebook. As an example, we would like to draw attention to the efforts of EIOPA towards a pan-European occupational DC framework (in the second pillar).

PensionsEurope finds that it was a good decision to create two stakeholder groups within EIOPA (the Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group (IRSG) and the Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group (OPSG)). This division enables the OPSG to properly discuss issues relating to occupational pensions.

PensionsEurope opinion on the research on the quality and outcome of pension savings – Comparing apples and pears

PensionsEurope published its opinion on the research on the quality and outcome of pension savings today on 26 April 2017. You can read PensionsEurope press release here. Particularly, PensionsEurope remarks are addressed to Better Finance and its report “Pension savings – the real return” that aims to show the real returns of pension savings in various countries.

PensionsEurope welcomes the research on the quality of occupational and personal pensions and the outcome of pension savings. PensionsEurope highlights numerous specificities that the research should take into account in order to give a realistic picture of the quality and outcome of pension savings. If ignoring these specificities, the research faces a serious challenge of comparing apples and pears.

PensionsEurope is willing and ready to cooperate with Better Finance in order to improve the methodology of its report. Particularly, PensionsEurope invites Better Finance to use the data and time periods which are consistent and comparable, focus on both the accumulation and payout phase, and explore the benefits in addition to the costs.

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