a question and receive an answer from the primary source
year 2012 was proclaimed in Europe the year of “Active Ageing and Solidarity
between Generations”. Various discussions of the problems of ageing and
joint events with participation of young and elderly people are planned
for this year. “Our Generation” also suggests that we should live this
year the European style and that at least during this time young Belarusians
should think about their old ages and the importance of adopting pension
reforms in Belarus.
The need for reforms in the pension system is recognized not only by international
experts and politicians but also, strangely enough, by state officials.
But how should it be done? We think that any reform starts from studying
successful and unsuccessful practices in other countries. And that’s what
we would start from.
Pension systems in Europe differ from country to country. Unlike, for
example, trade regulations, there are no identical pension system standards
in the EU. Each state has its own retirement age, attitude towards employed
pensioners, the rules of stay in nursing centers, etc. What do we know
about all that? Mostly nothing… Independent mass media don’t talk about
it for some reason, while the state owned media … Anyways, let’s avoid
To fill this gap, we suggest that studies of the pension systems in the
EU countries should begin with the collection of official data. The governing
body of “Our Generation” has asked (and keeps asking) embassies in Minsk
to clarify basic aspects of the pension system in corresponding countries.
This action also implies meetings with the employees of the embassies
for live communication and acquisition of more comprehensive information.
Thus, we urge everyone to ask any questions about social policies in the
EU countries. The authors of the most interesting questions will participate
in the meetings regardless of their place of residence (on the territory
We also urge the representatives of embassies and public associations
of the EU countries to join the action. The interest in cooperation can
be expressed via e-mail: email@example.com