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Public pension systems: changing narratives, changing realities ?

Economic and monetary affairs

Place du Congrès 1, Brussels, Belgium

This in-person event is free and open to the public but registration is mandatory.

In-person event

Public pension systems: changing narratives, changing realities ?


High level Event in cooperation with the Spanish Ministry of Inclusion,
Social Security and Migration.

In-person only 

Venue: Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Brussels

In order to guarantee that our pension systems are financially sound and politically resilient, it is crucial that pension reforms are socially sustainable. Based on past experience and abundant evidence gathered by economists and social scientists over the years, there is today a growing consensus on how central it is to understand well the “political-economy” of these reforms. In democratic societies, this means that reforms should be designed based on principles widely shared by citizens, in a way that entails both wide participation from all relevant stakeholders, and incorporate explicitly equity and fairness considerations, both across social and economic groups and across generations.

In this event, we aim at drawing lessons from what we know have we learned about the effects of past and current reforms in terms of individual behaviour, social cohesion, and wellbeing, and draw lessons for the ongoing debate on how to make our pension systems more politically robust in the face of present and future challenges, both financially and socially.

The event is structured in two blocks: first, an academic panel by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts, and a high-level round table with Ministers and EU policy-makers.

Cinzia Alcidi Cinzia Alcidi
Cinzia Alcidi

Director of Research

Speakers list
Karine Lalieux

Minister of Pensions and Social Integration, Belgium

Nicholas Barr

London School of Economics

Bernhard Ebbinghaus

University of Mannheim

Francesca Carta

Banca d'Italia

Carmen Boado Penas

Heriot-Watt University

Jose Luis Escrivá

Minister for Inclusion, Social Security, Migrations and Inclusion, Spain

Rolf Schmachtenberg

State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany

Katarina Ivanković-Knežević

Director, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Sandra Parthie

Head of Brussels Liaison Office, German Economic Institute (IW)