EFRP economist Ruttens leaves

EUROPE - Christel Ruttens, an economist at the European Federation for Retirement Research, is leaving the EFRP for a role outside the pensions industry.

Ruttens will take up a job as coordinating administrator of Perspective EEIG, a European economic interest group of architectural practices based in Antwerp on October 4. “I will be leaving the EFRP after having worked for the EFRP as an economist for the last seven years.”

The EFRP said Jeroen Clicq would take over the role.

In August the chairman of the European Federation for Retirement Provision, Alan Pickering, was quoted saying a “lack of trust” between regulators is more of an obstacle to pan-European pensions than the taxation issue.

"I think the tax obstacle to pan-European pensions is easier to overcome than a lack of trust between the different regulators and supervisors," Alan Pickering was quoted as saying in an interview with Reuters.

The remarks followed the EFRP’s comments that the remit of the European Union’s new pension and insurance committees could “hamper” discussion on how finance issues fit with social and labour law.

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