Select Committee on European Scrutiny Second Report


THE ROLE OF EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS AND POLICY COMMITTEES RELATED TO THE FUTURE OF PENSION SYSTEMS

European Commission
Council
European Parliament
- Proposes objectives for co-ordinating the reforms of national pension systems
- Monitors national employment strategies
- Monitors national pension reform processes
- Proposes Broad Economic Policy Guidelines 7and recommends recommendations
- Proposes Employment Guidelines and recommends recommendations
- Draft reports assessing national strategies on employment and pensions and identifying good practice
- Works with advisory committees on specific aspects
- Liaises with European Social Partners and relevant NGOs
ECOFIN

Broad Economic Policy Guidelines
Employment and Social Policy (ESP)

Employment process and open method of co-ordination applied to social protection and social integration
- Adopts opinions (own initiative and in response to proposals by the Commission)
- Contributes to discussions in the Council
- Exchanges views with policy committees
   Economic Policy Committee (EPC)

- Assists the Commission in examining the economic and budgetary implications of pensions systems as part of the multilateral surveillance process (article 99)
Social Protection Committee (SPC)

- Assists the Commission in the assessment of national pension strategies and their compatibility with the goals of adequacy of pensions and adaptation to a changing society
Employment Committee (EMCO)

- Assists the Commission in the assessment of progress under the European Employment strategy and in particular the evolution of employment rates
  
  Social Dialogue Committee

- Role of the social partners in pension reform processes
Equal Opportunities Advisory Committee

- Gender issues in pension systems and reforms
            
  European Pensions Forum

- Access to occupational pension schemes
- Portability of occupational pension rights
            
European Council- Gives general political guidelines and assesses progress at Spring meetings


 
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