Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

28/06/2017 Brussels

Workshop - Delivering higher effective retirement ages

The Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion together with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) organised a Workshop on Delivering higher effective retirement ages on 28 June 2017 in Brussels.

Older people working on a computer

Can older people extend their working lives? What does it mean for their pensions? And how can labour market best use their skills and experience? Is this a win-win solution to ensuring adequate pensions in an ageing society?

The Workshop served as an opportunity to review the preliminary findings of a joint project with the employment and the social policy divisions of the OECD, which was launched at a conference on 12 May 2016.

Programme of the workshop

Discussion during sessions on

  • labour supply implications of pension reforms,
  • determinants of older worker's employment chances,
  • the impact of the wage-skill relationship on the labour demand for older workers,
  • employment policies for longer working lives,

was complemented by presentations of country cases.

In the closing session the chair of the Employment Committee (EMCO), the vice-chair of Social Protection Committee (SPC) and the chair of Working Group on Ageing Populations and Sustainability of the Economic Policy Committee (EPC AWG) discussed how knowledge about the possibilities of raising effective retirement ages can be incorporated in Member States efforts to ensure the success of pensions reforms and avoid the danger of policy reversals.


The exchange of experts' knowledge is crucial for the development of the next (2018) Pension Adequacy Report and the integrated agenda to deliver the European Semester goals of longer working lives and higher effective retirement ages.

The workshop brought together the representatives of the Commission, OECD, social partners and delegates from the EU committees concerned: the AWG of the EPC, EMCO, Working Group on Ageing Issues (WG-AGE) of the SPC.

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