The Belgian government has indicated that it wants to tie second-pillar retirement to the official retirement age for the state pension. 

It also wants to raise the minimum age for receiving an additional pension from 60 to 63 by 2018, the Belgian business daily De Tijd reported.

It said that the plans were part of the budget agreements which were concluded in July.

The measure must ensure that a planned increase of the retirement age for the state pension also actually leads to workers retiring later, the paper quoted the government as saying.

The cabinet stressed that it didn’t want people to stop working before they had reached the minimum retirement age for the state pension. The state pension is to rise to 67 in 2030.

The new proposal would level up the retirement age for the second pillar with the first pillar.

The government further made clear that it wanted to outlaw provisions in pension funds regulations that encourage early retirement.

That said, the proposed measures still need to be discussed with Belgian social partners.