CESI supports European Parliament in calling for new pension proposals to be brought forward

23 May 2013

The European Parliament this week adopted a resolution on an Agenda for adequate, safe and sustainable pensions. This is an issue which CESI has been debating for some time, publishing a position paper in May 2012.

CESI supports European Parliament in calling for new pension proposals to be brought forward

The adopted resolution is an own-initiative report, which allows the Parliament to put forward its own proposals. Although the document is non-binding, the aim is to put pressure on the European Commission to produce new proposals. In this context, CESI welcomes the fact that the European Parliament is highlighting the problem of the sustainability of pension funding, which is an issue of growing concern to many workers throughout Europe.

CESI would like to take the opportunity of the issue being debated in plenary to reiterate its position paper and call on the Commission to rethink certain elements of its White Paper in order to form new proposals. These proposals should pay more attention to the reality of different pension systems in the EU. The current economic climate must also be taken into account.

CESI particularly welcomes the European Parliament’s call on the European Commission to strengthen involvement of social partners using the mechanisms currently in place. Given recent commitments by several Commissioners to reverse the current trends of ‘social dialogue under strain’, this report provides a good basis on which the Commission can come forward with amended proposals on pensions following sufficient consultation with social partners.

The rapporteur for the report, MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten (EPP, NL), recently visited CESI headquarters to discuss both the Commission White Paper and CESI’s position paper on sustainable pensions.