The EU-China Social Protection Reform Project Component 1 is actively contributing to the on-going reform of the Chinese pension system, in close collaboration with the National Development and Reform Commission – NDRC – and other key national and provincial stakeholders.
Over project life, a number of technical research, exchanges and dialogues have been conducted, addressing a great variety of technical topics, and reporting the wealth of European experience in the various aspects of social protection reform to the Chinese reality and prospects.
While these activities have been duly documented and enshrined in a very rich and detailed series of publications and report available notably from the project website in English and in Chinese languages, it was felt useful to supplement this scientific documentation with a set of short notes, presenting in a concise yet accessible manner the fundamentals of European experience in main pension reform topics, as those might be relevant for the Chinese – and indeed other countries’ endeavors to improve upon their respective existing systems.
The following presents 22 such Notes, covering 12 technical topics. Their contents is derived from project works, be it works under the current project or under its predecessor, the EU-China Social security reform project (2006-2010).
Most of the Notes are authored by the undersigned, who takes full responsibility for their contents. However, it is a pleasure to hereby acknowledge the kind and very efficient collaboration of Koen Vleminckx, Director of Research and International cooperation, Federal Public Service Social Security, Belgium, who on the occasion of a mission conducted under the auspices of the Project, contributed several Notes in direct response to requests by the Chinese stakeholders.
A Preface has also been included, which draws a lot on project technical works to present the most striking features of the Chinese pension system, which in a sense justifies the choice of the topics to which individual Technical Notes are devoted.
Great thanks are due to my colleague Mr. Fang Lianquan from the EU-China SPRP Component 1 and from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, who carefully read a first version of this preface, and made a number of very useful suggestions for its improvement.
EU-China Social Protection Reform Project
August 2017 v.4