Learn how the World Bank Group is helping countries with COVID-19 (coronavirus). Find Out

Events
Image
Launch of the World Bank report on "The Inverting Pyramid: Pension Systems Facing Demographic Challenges in Europe and Central Asia"
February 21, 2014Hotel Crowne Plaza Brussels-Le Palace, Meeting Room 'Infinity', Rue Gineste 3, B-1210 Brussels (Belgium)

World Bank report looks at impacts of the demographic challenges on current pension systems

The countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia are facing critical challenges to their pension systems, despite substantial reforms undertaken in the past years.

A new World Bank report, The Inverting Pyramid: Pension Systems Facing Demographic Challenges in Europe and Central Asia, looks at the challenges of pensions systems confronted by the region and analyzes the various options the countries face to fill the pension gap.

Press are invited to a press event and panel discussions to launch the new report.  The press briefing will be hosted by Mrs. Ana Revenga, Vice President, World Bank, and Mr. László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission.

Press is invited to register for the event by filling out the attached registration form and emailing it to bharrisondowd@worldbank.org by Monday, February 17, 2014.

Accredited press is welcome on presentation of a press card.

8h30-9h00   Registration of participants

9h00-9h25   Opening

  • László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  • Ana Revenga, Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank

9:30 – 10:30 Side-event: Press Meeting in Hotel

Ana Revenga, Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank: Main Messages of the Report

László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion: Comments from the EC point of view

Chair: Katarína Mathernová, Senior Advisor and Manager, Europe and Central Asia Brussels Unit, World Bank 

9h30 to 11h00     Session 1: Pension system evolution and outcomes

Moderator: Georg Fischer, Director of Analysis, DG EMPL, European Commission

  • Main speaker: Asta Zviniene, Sr Social Protection Specialist, Human Development, World Bank
  • Panelists
    • Krzysztof Hagemejer, Head of Policy, Governance and Standards Branch in Social Protection Department, ILO
    • Anna D'Addio, Senior pension expert, Social Policy Division, OECD
    • Gordana Matković, Director of Social Policy Studies in Centre for Liberal-Democratic Studies, former Minister of Social Affairs, Serbia
    • Olli Kangas, Professor-Director of Research, KELA-Social Insurance Institution, Finland

11h15 to 12h45             Session 2: The role of savings in pension provision

Moderator: Ana Revenga, Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank

  • Main speaker: Heinz Rudolph, Lead Specialist, Pensions, World Bank
  • Panelists
    • Veiko Tali, Secretary-General, Ministry of Finance, Estonia
    • Ole Beier Sørensen, Head of Research, ATP, Denmark
    • Fritz von Nordheim, DG EMPL, European Commission
    • Agnieszka Chlon-Dominczak,Assistant professor, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland.

14h00 to 15h15             Session 3: Accompanying Labour Market and Fiscal Reforms

Moderator: TBC

  • Main speaker: Omar Arias, Lead Economist, Human Development, World Bank
  • Panelists
    • Mark Keese, Head of Employment Analysis and Policy Division, OECD
    • Elsa Fornero, Professor, University of Turin; Former Minister of Labour (by videolink)
    • Matteo Jessoula, Assistant Professor, University of Milan
    • Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgia

15h30 to 17h15             Session 4: Potential solutions to the demographic challenges facing Europe and Central Asia           

Moderator: Lieve Fransen, Director of Social Policies, DG EMPL, European Commission

  • Main speaker: Anita Schwarz, Lead Economist, Human Development, World Bank
  • Panelists
    • Edward Palmer, University of Uppsala and Swedish Social Insurance Agency Costas Stavrakis, Chair of WG-AGE of the Social Protection Committee
    • Mikhail Dmitriev, Center for Strategic Research, Moscow Russia,  
    • Per Eckefeldt, DG ECFIN, European Commission 
    • Maria Jepsen, Research Director, European Trade Union Institute
    • Rebekah Smith, Senior Adviser, Social Affairs, BusinessEurope

17h15 to 17h30             Closing remarks

Andrew Mason, Sector Manager, Social Protection, World Bank

Lieve Fransen, Director of Social Policies, DG EMPL, European Commission

  • Download full agenda and registration form
Details
  • EVENT: Launch of the World Bank pensions report ‘Inverting Pyramid’ — panel discussion and press briefing
  • DATE: Friday, February 21, 2014
  • Panel discussions: 9:00—17:30
  • Press briefing: 9:30—10:30
  • VENUE: Hotel Crowne Plaza Brussels-Le Palace, Meeting Room 'Infinity' Rue Gineste 3, B-1210 Brussels (Belgium)