EUROPE - The European Federation for Retirement Provision (EFRP) has begun advertising for a new secretary general, with incumbent Chris Verhaegen taking on new challenges from the end of the year. 

Verhaegen was recently appointed to the Occupational Pensions Stakeholders Group at EIOPA and has taken on additional responsibilities as a director in the financial services sector. 

Verhaegen has been with the EFRP since 1997 and last year received an award for Outstanding Industry Contribution at the IPE Awards in Monaco.

The EFRP, the Brussels-based lobby group funded by Europe's pension organisations, said it was looking for a new secretary general to lead the organisation during "exciting and critical times for pensions policy", with the applicant to become the face of workplace pensions in Europe. 

Applicants will be expected to steer the European pension policy debate and have experience in key areas of European Union policy and social and labour law. 

The EFRP said a multi-lingual candidate would be desirable. 

The lobbying group represents approximately €4trn of workplace pensions assets and the workplace pension interests of approximately 73m EU citizens. 

It has members in more than half of the EU's member states, with five of its 21 member states - such as Switzerland - falling outside the union.

Chairman Patrick Burke of Irish Life Investment Managers assumed his position last year and will be assisted in the recruitment process by Verhaegen and a selection committee from the board of directors.

Details on how to apply can be found in the original advert, with applications due by 29 April.