The European Commission set up an advisory committee in the area of supplementary pensions in order to find solutions to the obstacles associated with cross-border mobility of workers in the area of supplementary pensions.
Following the approval of the Social Policy Agenda (2000-2005),which took up the question of the portability of occupational pension rights, the consultation begun by the Green Paper on supplementary pensions of 10 June 1997 and the communication " Towards a single market for supplementary pensions ". The latter proposed setting up a single market for supplementary pensions. On 9 July 2001 the Commission set up an advisory committee in the area of supplementary pensions.
The Forum's remit is to act as a consultative body for the Commission with regard to problems and developments at Community level affecting supplementary pensions. The Pensions Forum assists the Commission in particular in finding solutions to the problems and obstacles associated with cross-border mobility of workers in the area of supplementary pensions. In addition, where appropriate, and on the basis of a proposal from the Commission, the Forum's technical work may contribute to the activities of other related bodies or committees dealing with social and economic policy.
The Committee has 55 members and is made up of experts from national administrations in the EU and in other countries of the European Economic Area (EEA), social partners represented at European level and bodies involved in the area of supplementary pensions. The Committee may also invite anyone with particular knowledge of a subject included on the agenda of a Committee meeting to attend as an expert.
The members of the Committee, who meet at Commission headquarters, are appointed by the Commission on the basis of nominations from the Member States' governments, the other countries of the EEA, the social partners and the other bodies on the Committee. Committee members' term of office is two years and may be renewed.
The work of the Forum on supplementary pensions has confirmed that insufficient portability of supplementary pensions may create significant obstacles to the mobility of workers and therefore to the free movement of persons within the EU. While coordination of social security schemes allows migrant workers to fully preserve their accrued statutory pension rights, measures to improve the portability of supplementary pensions are still in their early stages. The difficulty in this area lies in the variety of supplementary pension schemes available and in the fact that they are often voluntary.
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|Regulation (EC) No 1792/2006||1.1.2007||-||OJ L 362 of 20.12.2006|