It has been a while, which might make a word of introduction useful. The ETS project is all about developing the pilot stage of a European pension tracking service where mobile workers can find their pension providers and get an overview of their pension claims in different countries and systems. The long-term objective is to bring all European pension entitlements together on one platform. The ETS project started in 2019 and will continue until 2021.
Stepping up since the project kick-off event
Since our kick-off event on 2nd October 2019 in Brussels we have made good progress in the project implementation: the Proof of Concept with our Belgian partners has been developed and we refined the concept for the creation of the Find Your Pension Pilot Website. At the same time, details for possible business models are being worked out, taking into account the issue how data sources like National Tracking Services (NTSs) will be able to connect to the ETS in a GDPR-compliant way. Find out more about the ETS project and its deliverables (https://www.findyourpension.eu/en/ets/about_ets/). At the end of February, Zagreb was the place to be for discussing the setting up of a national tracking service in Croatia, where we also reported on our project.
New reality asks for new ways of collaboration
Only a few weeks later, the world changed. Travel, events and project meetings in person are impossible now and will be for an indefinite time. Like everyone and all projects and institutions, we had to reorient ourselves. Time has come for digital collaboration!
Invitation to participate in online survey
As a next step, we invite you to participate in the second part of our online survey on Pension Communication (https://maastrichtuniversity.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Xwa0yPD2LeAOGh).
Labor mobility and access to information are important topics, even more in times like these where borders are closed. The current crisis made us all experts in digital communication in such a short time. It does not matter whether we are sitting in different rooms of the same building or many kilometers away from each other in another country. So, let’s stay in touch digitally but hopefully in person again in the very near future.
We need your views! Survey on Pension Communication
Pension systems in Europe are as diverse as the European Member States themselves, representing different pillars, providers and communication practices. Therefore, finding a common way of communicating and informing about pensions is not an easy task. When it comes to communicating about pensions, it is certainly true that “one size does not fit all”.
During the kick-off event in October last year, the project presented the results of an initial survey providing us with an overview of state of play on digital pension communication across the EU. The second survey we would like to invite you to fill in is the second step to systematically analyse the pension communication process, the objectives of informing citizens, the content and presentation of information and ways or digital tools of communication about pensions. We will share the aggregated results with you at the end of June 2020 in an online seminar and will invite you in due course. Please join us by filling in the survey! Many thanks in advance for your time and effort!
Do not hesitate to share the link to the survey with your colleagues.
Alternative for workshop with National Tracking Services
National Tracking Services are crucial partners in the development of the European Tracking Service. Meetings between the ETS-project team and representatives of the different NTS’s should become a routine. Given the new reality, the ETS project is planning an event in June to bring the NTS around the virtual table. Invitations will follow.