A look back at the EAPSPI AGM and Annual Pensions Conference in Donostia/San Sebastian, 23-25 November 2023
The annual EAPSPI conference: "The Challenge of an Adequate, Fair and Sustainable Pension System" in Donostia/San Sebastián brought together a wealth of expertise from internationally renowned speakers such as Ms Elsa Fornero (Professor of Economics at the University of Turin), Ms Carmen Boado (Professor at the School of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Actuarial Mathematics & Statistics at Heriot Watt University Edinburgh) and Mr Ole Settergren (Research Director at the Swedish Pensions Agency).
EAPSPI was also honoured by the presence of Mr. Hernando Lacalle, Basque Vice-Minister of Finance and Budget, who delivered the keynote speech on the Basque Country and its pension system.
Moderated by Yves Stevens (Professor of Social Law & Director of Post-Academic Training at the Faculty of Law, KU Leuven-Belgium), the first round table showed that building and maintaining trust in pensions and the pension system is fundamental. By empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their financial future, reforms to pension systems are seen as less critical and the need for them is understood. As we have heard, research shows a statistically significant correlation between pension literacy and acceptance of pension- reforms.
Pension tracking services such as the ETS - European Tracking Service - presented by ETS project manager and EAPSPI chair Claudia Wegner-Wahnschaffe - were discussed as a means to improve pension literacy. By providing accessible information in one place, they empower individuals to navigate the complexities of pensions with greater confidence.
As the speakers engaged with an audience passionate about the European pension landscape, it became clear that the conference was a platform for important discussions and insights into the latest research and pension reforms in Europe.