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The Role of the ILO in the 21st Century

Scientists and experts from Germany and abroad discussed on 25 May the challenges and expectations facing the International Labour Organization (ILO) in the 21st century. Prof. Angelika Nußberger (photo), Vice President of the European Court of Human Rights, and Prof. Anuscheh Farahat of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg reported on international social standards regarding the protection of migrants. Previously, Prof. Christian Walter of the LMU Munich (2nd from left) had investigated the role of the ILO Committee of Experts in comparison with other human rights treaty bodies. Further lectures were given by Prof. Ulrich Becker, Director at the Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Prof. Andreas Hänlein from the University of Kassel (l.), Prof. Letlhokwa Mpedi from the University of Johannesburg and Francis Maupain, PhD, who has worked as a special adviser to the ILO Director-General.

Conference Report
Poverty Risk of Pensioners in EU Countries Growing

As a result of the economic and financial crisis of 2008, many pensioners had to forgo the adjustment of their pensions for years. Combined with fundamental reforms of pension systems, the risk of poverty among pensioners has increased in many countries of the European Union (EU). Older pensioners aged 75 and over are particularly at risk. This is the conclusion of a study undertaken by the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy which examined the changes in the adjustment modalities for existing pensions in the EU States between 2008 and 2017. In view of the risk of poverty for many pensioners in Europe, some countries have now begun to cushion the greatest hardships.

Press Release
Recommendation for Social Protection:
Prof. Becker in the German Bundestag

The recommendation of the European Council for better access to social protection for employees and the self-employed was discussed controversially at a hearing in the German Bundestag. Prof Ulrich Becker, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, said that this was not about transferring competences to the EU. Rather, it is a matter of reaching agreements in order to jointly take social policy measures in the EU Member States. One topic was the safeguarding of the self-employed. Not covered by the recommendation was the idea that every employee must be compulsorily covered by the social security system.

Consequences of Hyerpactive Legislation

The usefulness of a constant re-regulation in migration and asylum law was discussed by the Bavarian Minister of the Interior, Joachim Herrmann, the head of the Munich district administration department, Dr. Thomas Böhle, and legal scientist Dr. Constantin Hruschka at the recent Max Planck Forum. Hruschka criticized that the many reforms were sacrificing systemic coherence for the benefit of fragmentary individual regulations. This is primarily to the detriment of the local authorities, which have to implement the laws in practice. A central problem is that communication and legal impact assessment are often lacking, confirmed Böhle, who also highlighted the problem of obtaining passports. Minister Herrmann explained that there is indeed a huge problem with some countries of origin as far as the issuance of identity documents is concerned. The federal government should exert more pressure here.

Report "Gesetzeswirrwar im Migrationsrecht" availabe at
BR online (26 March 2019, in German)

Joint SHARE User Conference & Budapest Pension Seminar

'Understanding Ageing Societies' is the theme of the 6th User Concerence of the Survey on Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) that is coordinated at the Institute. The conference will be held jointly with the Budapest Pension Seminar in Budapest, Hungary, on 19-20 September 2019.

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