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European Retirement Week 2021 to be opened with keynote by European Commissioner, Mairead McGuinness

9-11-2021

The preliminary programme of the inaugural European Retirement Week was presented today. The week will begin with a launch event on 29 November, featuring a keynote speech by Mairead McGuinness, European Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and the Capital Markets Union.

The launch event will be followed by a range of presentations and panel discussions that will be organised individually by the eleven participating associations. Each will address Europe’s retirement savings challenge and explore solutions to drive and deliver value for money for European pension savers. The full programme of events, which take place during the week of 29 November 2021, is available in this annex and on the website of each association.

With European countries ageing fast, rates of poverty and social exclusion among pensioners are rising, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and for certain categories of workers. At the same time, pension systems are facing increasing budgetary constraints. Solutions must therefore be found to ensure that all European citizens benefit from an adequate pension in retirement. Given the growing urgency of this challenge, the participating associations aim to establish European Retirement Week as a recurring event in the European calendar. 

This year, European Retirement Week will be organised in an online setting in light of the continuing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Participating associations include AGE Platform Europe, BETTER FINANCE, BEUC – The European Consumer Association, Cross Border Benefits Alliance - Europe (CBBA-Europe), ETS Project Consortium, European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP), the European Banking Federation (EBF), EFAMA, the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE), Insurance Europe, PensionsEurope. 


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