Capital Matters in Europe 2009

December 10, 2009

The Project worked with the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC)  (with the Global Unions Committee on Workers Capital as a knowledge partner) to convene a meeting modeled on the Project’s annual  “Capital Matters: Managing Labor’s Capital Conference.”  This one-day event, “Capital Maters in Europe 2009,” took place in Brussels on December 10th.  It brought together member-nominated pension fund trustees, trade union officers, pension and other experts and policy makers who offered views and shared experiences from across Europe and from a transatlantic perspective.  It focused on how workers’ and their families’ retirement and other long term savings can be invested in productive assets in the real economy in a fair, sustainable and responsible way and not diverted into unproductive financial transactions and speculation.  

Agenda [Download PDF]

1st Panel Financing European workers' right to decent, predictable and adequate retirement: a review of the European landscape a year into the crisis; Moderator: Pierre Habbard, Policy Adviser, Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD
Chris Driessen, Head Social Security Department, Federation of Dutch Trade Unions, FNV, The Netherlands [Presentaion PDF]
Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Director, MZES, University of Mannheim, Germany [Presentation PDF]
Vit Samek, Head of the Legal Department, Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions CMKOS, Czech Republic [Presentation PDF]
Clara Severinson, Administrator, Financial Affairs Division, OECD Secretariat [Presentation PDF]
Heather Slavkin, Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, Office of Investment, AFL-CIO, USA  [Presentation PDF]

2nd Panel: The governance of pension funds, the role of member-nominated trustees and their relationship with unions
Moderator: Colin Meech, National Officer, The Public Service Trade Union UNISON, UK
Mo Baines, Representative UNISON on the greater Manchester municipal pension fund, UK [Presentation PDF]
Jenneke van Pijpen, Vice President, ABVAKABO FNV, Pensionfund for Health and Social Services, The Netherlands [Presentation PDF]
Ellen Nygren, LO-Sweden, Member of the Supervisory Board of AMF Pension, Sweden [Presentation PDF]
Herman Santos, Trustee, Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association; member,
            Service Employees International Union Local 721, USA [Presentation PDF]
 
3rd Panel: Exercising Active and Responsible Shareownership: A transatlantic comparison? 
Moderator: Ieke van den Burg, supervisory board member of APG Asset Management, former MEP, The Netherlands
Sigurt Vitols, Senior Research Fellow, Social Science Research Center Berlin, Germany
Vonda Brunsting, Deputy Director, Capital Stewardship Program,
               Service Employees International Union Roy Jones, Grant & Eisenhofer P.A, USA
Jeanett Bergan, Head of Responsible Investments, KLP, Norway

4th Panel: Moving forward: is there a need for European Union action?
Moderator: Maria Jepsen, Director of the Research Department, European Trade Union Institute ETUI
David Eatock, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission [Presentation PDF]
Jozef Niemiec, Confederal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation ETUC

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