EUROPE - Jaap Maassen, director of pensions at Dutch pension fund giant Stichting Pensionfonds ABP, has been re-elected chairman of the European Federation for Retirement Provision.

The Brussels-based lobbying group said the decision was taken at its General Assembly on October 27 in Paris.

"I am honoured EFRP wants me to continue as Chairman," Maassen said. "I am proud of what we have achieved over the last two years. Many strategic challenges lie ahead, but I am sure the EFRP will once again show that it can deliver solutions to difficult questions."

Angel Martinez-Aldama of Spain's Inverco and Peter Lindblad of Sweden's FPG-AMFK Pensionsgaranti were re-elected as Vice Chairmen.

Nora Finn, chief executive of the Irish Association of Pension Funds, has ended a four-year term on the EFRP board, to be succeeded by Patrick Burke, Head of Investment Development at Irish Life Investment Managers and vice Chairman of the IAPF.

Finn said: "I have enjoyed my time as Director and have made many friends in the various associations and bodies. As indicated on many occasions, I have always been deeply impressed by the work of the EFRP and will continue to closely follow and support the EFRP."

In the context of the 9th EURO FINANCE WEEK (EFW), taking  place from 13 to 17 November 2006 in Frankfurt am Main, Maleki Group and the European Federation for Retirement Provision (EFRP), are hosting a European Pension Funds Congress on 15 November 2006. Among the topics of the conference are "Private Pensions in the EU-10"  and "Pensions and Financial Innovation."