Aside from the drama of the launch of the EU Referendum campaigns, the last few weeks have also seen two key European pensions developments. On 25 January 2016, the European Parliament voted on amendments to the revised IORP (Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision) Directive, whilst the following day EIOPA (the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) published the results of its first stress tests into pensions. This briefing note looks at where these developments leave European pensions policy.
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The Chancellor’s Budget announcement of greater flexibility over retirement benefits has led to a major reinterpretation of what the word ‘pension’ means in a defined contribution context. Meanwhile, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been working on its own redefinition of pensions in a wider context, in the shape of the Pension Schemes Bill, which was laid before Parliament on 26 June 2014.
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