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01 April 2003

Incompatibility of pension schemes in the different EU member states is major headache for human resource managers across Europe. The lack of pension portability is a source of additional costs for European enterprises, and mobile employees face a bewildering web of pension rights. Removing obstacles to pension portability within the EU should not only reduce these costs, but support labour mobility and increase revenues from occupational pension schemes through greater competition. Ultimately, it fosters the possibility of a pan-European pension fund for all staff members.

01 September 2001

Focusing on the process of transition in Central and Eastern Europe, this report looks at health as an issue of enlargement from an economic perspective. The report argues that health is of strategic importance for the success of enlargement and is directly relevant to the future economic development of the candidate countries and to the social and financial sustainability of that development.


In cooperation with Intereconomics and ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

Launch of a World Bank Report.

Bulgaria is undergoing a profound socio-economic transformation brought about by extraordinary demographic change.  It is heading for the steepest decline in working-age population in the world. By 2050, one in three Bulgarians is projected to be older than 65 and only one in two Bulgarians will be of working age. As more and more workers exit the workforce and fewer Bulgarians replace them, the need to implement broad-based reforms today, in order to help the country avert potential challenges tomorrow, continues to intensify.

Jan-Eric Sundgren, Executive Vice President Public & Environmental Affairs, Volvo; former President of Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg

Lead Rapporteur: Felix Roth, Research Fellow, CEPS; Postdoctoral Lecturer & Editor of Intereconomics

During this NEUJOBS Lunchtime Session, Prof. Anton Hemerijck will present his brand new book “Changing welfare states”, to Social Affairs Commissioner László Andor, who will place it in the context of the forthcoming Social investment Package. “Changing Welfare States” is a major new examination of the wave of social reform that has swept across Europe over the past two decades. It carries out a comparative analysis of reform trajectories and political destinations in an era of rapid socioeconomic restructuring.

Mid-project conference of NEUJOBS, a research project financed by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, and aimed at analysing future developments of the European labour market(s); based on the assumption that European societies are facing four main transitions that will have a major impact on employment, in particular for some groups in the labour force or sectors of the economy.

The ANCIEN FP7 project, which CEPS has coordinated since January 2009, is drawing to a close with a final conference to share the scientific and policy results with the different actors involved in social, health and long-term care (LTC) systems. This conference, held in Brussels on October 24th, aims to generate interactive discussions about better planning for LTC systems in Europe.

First in a new series of NEUJOBS lunchtime meetings, this event will present the main findings of three recent papers on the relation between labour market, educational policies and socio-economic gradient.

NEUJOBS is a research project, financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, aimed at analysing future possible developments of the European labour market(s).

Launch of a timely new World Bank report addressing the key issues for European governments that struggle to manage the fiscal legacies of the global financial crisis, austerity and the spectre of rapid population ageing. At the same time, the circumstances that lead people to work and trade in the shadow economy have grown in importance. The World Bank study analyses these factors and formulates a set of general policy suggestions that are relevant for all EU member states, as well as those who aspire to join the Union to bring as much economic activity in from the shadow economy.

Task Force Report published, see

The aim of this study was to provide the Commission in view of the approaching end of the 2010 Lisbon agenda with an assessment of the employment challenges of the next decade. The study looked in particular at the policy challenges but also included governance challenges. An additional task was, however, to identify possible changes in the employment policy process; including guidelines and target, at the level of the EU.

The project studied the ways to improve innovation in health care system in Turkey both in health care services and products (i.e. pharmaceuticals and medical devices). It provided policy recommendations towards raising innovation profile in health care system in Turkey to the EU standards. The analysis aims to help policy and decision-makers both in government and industry in identifying gaps in health policy so as to further steps to improve innovation in health sector in Turkey’s convergence to the EU standards.


Launched in January 2009, ANCIEN is a research project financed under the 7th EU Research Framework Programme. It runs for a 44-month period and involves 20 partners from EU member states. The project principally concerns the future of long-term care (LTC) for the elderly in Europe and addresses two questions in particular:
1) How will need, demand, supply and use of LTC develop?
2) How do different systems of LTC perform?