Although the top item on the PLSA’s EU agenda is to ensure a good Brexit outcome for pension schemes, the PLSA continues to engage closely with the EU institutions to ensure our members’ views are heard in Brussels and Frankfurt.

We work closely with policy-makers in the European Commission, European Parliament and European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).

The PLSA is also a member of PensionsEurope, the Europe-wide federation of national pensions associations.

  • The EU has recently completed a revision of the main European legislation on workplace pensions – the ‘IORP Directive’, although we await clarification on whether ‘IORP II’ will be implemented in a post-Brexit UK.
  • The European Commission is now working on plans for an EU-wide framework for personal pensions. This looks set to be a key EU priority over the next few years.
  • Meanwhile, pension investors need to pay close attention to EU financial markets rules such as EMIR (on derivatives) and MIFID II.

James Walsh

By James Walsh
Policy Lead: EU & International


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IORP Directive

The EU has recently approved a major revision of the EU legislation on workplace pension schemes – the Directive on Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision...

EU solvency plans for pension schemes and the ‘Holistic Balance Sheet’

The PLSA has consistently resisted EU plans for a new funding regime for pension schemes, based on the insurance...

EU and personal pensions

One of the key pensions-related actions in the European Commission’s flagship Capital Markets Union programme is the creation of an EU-wide framework for personal pensions...

EU rules on derivatives

New rules on trades in derivatives could have major implications for pension schemes...

Local Government Pension Schemes and MIFID II

The PLSA has opposed FCA plans to reclassify local authority pension funds as retail investors. Local authority...



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European Commission

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European Parliament

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