The Dutch pensions legislation has been fully brought in line with the EU’s directive on occupational pension schemes, social affairs minister Aart Jan de Geus has announced.
“Cross-border membership is possible now,” he said, answering questions from parliament. “But because the Netherlands will keep its mandatory membership, employers whose schemes are mandatory, can’t move their pension funds abroad.”
The minister said the directive on institutions for occupational retirement provision doesn’t apply to the new financial assessment framework, or FTK. “The Dutch system remains the basis for the FTK,” he stressed.
De Geus does not agree that a more lenient supervisory regime elsewhere might tempt Dutch schemes to depart. “The social partners on boards, who have concluded the scheme as part of the labour agreements, have a large stake in securing the pensions promises,” he explained.
The minister did not have any indication that Dutch pension funds are considering leaving – or that foreign schemes are planning to move to Holland. “The financial supervision in the Netherlands might be attractive, because the FTK is aimed at securing the pension liabilities, and a stable system. Moreover, because of the abolition of the capital gains tax, a first step has been taken towards an attractive tax climate for investment institutions,” he said.
De Geus explained his intention to separate the governance and management tasks of pension funds, by referring to “the new dynamics caused by the directive”.