PensionsEurope annual conference - 9-10 June 2021 - online

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 10:00 to Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 13:45

 

PensionsEurope is delighted to organise its 2021 annual conference "Adequate and Sustainable Pensions" online on 9 & 10 June 2021, 10:00 - 13:45 with its event and media partner IPE.

The PensionsEurope annual conference brings together leading experts in pensions, as well as pension professionals and EU officials to exchange views and best practices on the most relevant and topical issues in the pensions landscape. We will focus on the main trends concerning workplace pension provision in EU Pension Policy, Sustainable Finance, the low interest rate environment and communication in pensions. All of this will be discussed against the background of Covid-19 and the aftermath of this ongoing crisis.

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Programme

Day 1: Wednesday 9 June

10:00 – 10:05

Welcome and opening remarks
Janwillem Bouma, Chair, PensionsEurope

10:10 – 10:30

Keynote: European pension policy

Dubravka Šuica, European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography 

Even though pension policy is mainly in the remit of European Member States, national pension systems face similar major challenges. The EU has an important role to play in helping Member States to ensure that people have adequate and sustainable pensions. Commissioner Šuica will present the vision of the Von der Leyen Commission on pensions and introduce the main initiatives undertaken.

10:35 – 10:55

Keynote: EU Sustainable Finance Actions

Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP, EPP 

Since the EU adopted a Sustainable Finance Action Plan in March 2018 many developments have taken place: Taxonomy, disclosure requirements, climate benchmarks, and green bonds are important for pension funds. The development continues with the Renewed Sustainable Finance Action Plan launched in spring 2021. What has been achieved and what still needs to be done? 

11:00 – 11:20

Sponsor presentation/s

11:25 – 11:45

Break – visit exhibition

11:50 – 12:35

Panel discussion: Sustainable Finance – Impact Investing

Impact investing as part of responsible investments. What, why, how and the role of EU?

Responsible investment and ESG are quickly becoming mainstream for pension funds. There is increasing interest in impact investing that contributes measurable solutions to global challenges like the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). What is impact investing, how does it differ from more traditional ESG investing, how is it done, what challenges to overcome and does the EU play a part in this?

12:40 – 13:10

Sponsor presentation/s

13:15 – 13:30

ITN news programme

13:35 – 13:45

Wrap up and closing remarks
Janwillem Bouma, Chair, PensionsEurope

Day 2: Thursday 10 June

10:00 – 10:05

Opening remarks
Janwillem Bouma, Chair, PensionsEurope

10:10 – 10:30

Interview
New Chair, EIOPA (tbc)
Interviewer: Janwillem Bouma, Chair, PensionsEurope

10:35 – 10:55

Sponsor presentation/s

11:00 – 11:20

Break – visit exhibition

11:25 – 12:10

Panel discussion: Adequate and Sustainable Pensions in a Low Interest Rate Environment

Negative monetary policy interest rates have become the new normal with severe impact on pension funds, but what do the current rising inflation expectations and bond yields mean for pension funds and markets? What is the impact of the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) on the adequacy and sustainability of pensions? Could the MMT finally lead to debt restructuring in the EU and what would be its consequence? How to safeguard decent adequacy and sustainability of pensions in this new environment and continuously changing world?

12:15 – 12:35

Sponsor presentation/s

12:40 – 13:25

Panel discussion: Good pension communication in digital age

Why is good pension communication important and how can new technology help?

A distinguished panel of speakers will discuss what good communication consists of, and how technology is disrupting the way pension funds engage and communicate with their members and beneficiaries. The use of technology and innovative solutions can help to generate member engagement and improve communication and reporting. The trend away from paper documentation towards electronic means of communication is being recognised and increasingly permitting pension funds to use innovative solutions. What are the advantages and challenges in using FinTech solutions in pensions?

13:30 – 13:40

Wrap up and closing remarks
Janwillem Bouma, Chair, PensionsEurope

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