Minister of social affairs: “the time of sellotape and plasters has passed”.

Employer organizations and trade unions have to reach an agreement in the beginning of next year with the government on a reform of the pension system. This wish was expressed by Minister of Social Affairs Wouter Koolmees during a pension conference that Netspar organized with the Dutch Pension Federation and the Dutch Association of Insurers. The minister wants the pension system to be fundamentally strengthened and renewed. Koolmees says he is looking forward to the final pension advice from the SER. He attaches great value to this because of the social support. ‘We have to do it together’. More information about the event can be found here.

Netspar relevant papers on pension issues at election time

One of Netspar’s objectives is to systematically explore and describe the options for providing people with sound retirement provisions – now and in the future – and to contribute to a well-informed pension debate. In the run-up to parliament elections we have collected a selection of the most relevant recent publications to provide insight and depth to the four principle directions outlined by the SZW in the ongoing pension debate.

  1. Adequate pension for all workers
  2. Elimination of the system of uniform contributions
  3. New pension agreement
  4. Freedom of choice and customization


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The election debate ‘Income for Now and for Later’ will be held on March 7, 2017, with Netspar as one of the knowledge partners. Seven politicians will debate about the job market and pensions. You can find more information and register via this link.

The themes of today’s pension debate have also been covered in depth at several previous (Dutch) Netspar events. Check out the presentations (under program) by:

1. Adequate pension for all workers


2. Elimination of the system of uniform contributions

3. New pension agreement


4. freedom of choice and customization


5. retirement age

Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a thinktank and knowledge network. Netspar is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of the economic and social implications of pensions, aging and retirement in the Netherlands and Europe.


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