Click here to skip to content

Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2001): Pensions - Overseas

GERMANY WIDENS PENSION REFORM

H. Simonian

Financial Times, June 21st 2001, p.9

The German Interior Minister has announced plans to cut guaranteed pensions benefits for civil servants while opening the door to additional private cover. The changes would reduce maximum civil service pensions to 71.25% of final salary, compared with 75% at present.

JAPAN SEEKS PENSION FUND BIDS

G. Tett

Financial Times, June 6th 2001, p.10

The Japanese government has asked the 44 companies managing £143bn of public pension funds to submit fresh bids to retain their mandates.

SEX, GENDER AND DISCRIMINATION WITH EU PENSION SCHEMES

S. Leitner

Journal of European Social Policy, vol.11, 2001, p.99-115

All EU countries have established earnings - related pension schemes, which to various extents, refer to former earnings and continuous working careers. Many of these schemes incorporate family work in one way or another by granting entitlement for the care of children and/or elderly people. Most of the schemes are combined with additional benefits for spouses and/or survivors, referring to married heterosexual couples. Only a few countries have additionally established universal pension schemes based on residence instead of employment or family work.