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A life-course approach to pensions: Meeting of Green representatives

The Greens/ EFA group organises a panel discussion focusing on the current pension systems across the European Union. 

EVENT: Green family meeting

DATE: 20 October 2011, 09:30 - 13:00

PLACE: European Parliament, Room A1G3, 60 rue Wiertz,  Brussels


How do we obtain a poverty-proof first pillar pension system? How successfully does your pension system address persons at risk of age poverty? How do we overcome the problems created by 20th century pension systems that focus on full-time, no breaks, single employer frameworks? When shifting away from current models, how do we maintain financial sustainability? How do we bridge the gender gap of this issue? How do we tackle singularities within a collective framework? How do we create better transition security and a stable social protection 'floor' so that people are willing to take risks and explore new options towards new green jobs for a Green New Deal?

These and other questions will be discussed by the panelists and participants. 

9.45 Part I: Needs of a 21st century pension system

  • Eurofound researcher: life-course approach
  • Sociologist: new work biographies, bridging the gaps
  • Social Protection Committee: issue of stable financing for pension systems

11:00 Part II: Discussion Green family

Facilitator: Philippe Lamberts, MEP and Co-Chairman of The European Green Party

On the panel: 

MEPs Karima Delli, Jean Lambert 

National Parliaments: Jesse Klaver (Groenlinks); George Gilkinet (Ecolo)

European Networks of Green Seniors: Tony Cooreman