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European Retirement Week 2021 opens with keynote by Commissioner McGuinness

09 November 2021 | Press Release
European retirement week

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 in the Financial Services, Financial Stability and the Capital Markets Union.


Following the launch event, the eleven participating association will organise a range of presentations and panel discussions. 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, taking place during the week of 29 November 2021, is available on the EFAMA website.


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


EFAMA invites you to register for their webinar on ‘The future of DC pensions – how to create a thriving DC market in Europe’ on 2 December 2021.


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.


For further information, please contact Bernard Delbecque, .




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