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So, without introducing a federal pension plan it should be possible to create co-operation by making pension payments transferable between public pensions  to facilitate working in different member states. I assume most public pensions works by withholding a part of your salary and your final pension depends somewhat on total amount withheld. Would transfers work, or is there a better mechanism?

Not that I am against a federal public pension plan, but I think under current management it is easier to get something by pushing for incremental improvement of existing national public pensions.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Oct 22nd, 2010 at 05:31:33 AM EST
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You'll need some sort of streamlining. Some pension systems have the employer pay into a (private or public) pension fund. Others are based solely on the number of years you have worked. Yet others are based on the number of years you have lived in a country, or been a citizen of the country.

Being able to transfer pensions across borders would, perhaps, help (or it would create a carry trade in which pensions adjusted for high cost of living countries are taken to low cost of living countries, which may or may not be a good thing). But some harmonisation will be necessary to make the system practical.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Oct 22nd, 2010 at 06:00:41 AM EST
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