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Social protection and social investment

Social protection and social investment are part and parcel of the social dimension of Europe. Expenditure on social protection is high in Europe compared with other world regions. On average it counts for two thirds of EU government expenditure.

BusinessEurope calls for reforms which ensure adequate and sustainable social protection. In view of demographic change and increased life expectancy, staying longer in employment and saving more for retirement is necessary not only for sustainability of pension systems but also adequacy of pensions for future generations. This requires reform of statutory pension systems, as well as raising employment rates to support a growing ageing population.


Position papers Date
Social protection financing: how to ensure effective spending? - a BusinessEurope policy orientation note 04/10/2022
Joint employers’ contribution on the EU Care Strategy 26/04/2022
Minimum income in the EU-27: how to support Member States in designing effective country specific schemes? - a BusinessEurope policy orientation note 01/04/2022
Joint SPC-EC long-term care report 2021 - Joint comments by European employers 12/05/2021
Joint SPC-EC pension adequacy report 2021 - Joint comments by European employers 07/05/2021
European cross-industry employers statement on the monitoring framework on access to social protection for workers and the self-employed 31/03/2021
Adapting social protection systems to demographic change, modern labour markets and diverse life phases and choices - a BusinessEurope policy orientation paper 18/01/2021
Proposal for revision of IORP directive - a BusinessEurope position paper 20/06/2014
Social Investment Package 21/03/2013
Employer, worker and industry representatives: the IORP directive revision - a truly political debate - Joint statement 23/10/2012
The White Paper on pensions - a BusinessEurope position paper 23/04/2012
Public letters Date
Proposal for a revision of the Directive on the activities and supervision of institutions for occupational retirement provision (IORP) - Joint letter to members of the European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs 30/09/2015
Draft report by MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten on an agenda for adequate, safe and sustainable pensions - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to members and substitutes of the European Parliament EMPL Committee 18/03/2013
Speeches Date
European Parliament ECON Committee hearing on IORP II - Contribution by Maxime Cerutti 26/05/2015
The role of supplementary pensions/savings in long-term financing and safe and adequate retirement - Speaking notes for Markus J. Beyrer at the conference on the future of pensions in Europe 26/03/2014
Workplace pensions financing the future - Speaking notes for Rebekah Smith at the European Pension Funds Congress 19/11/2013
Active ageing: from challenges to opportunity - Speaking notes for Maxime Cerutti, Director of BusinessEurope's Social Affairs Department, at Joint EU SPs Conference on Promoting active ageing through lifelong learning, 18 April 2013, Brussels 18/04/2013
Reports and studies Date
Employers' practices for active ageing - Final synthesis report of the European employer organisations project on age management policies in enterprises in Europe 10/12/2012


Anna Kwiatkiewicz

Senior Adviser
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Last updated: 21 January 2019