Every day almost 100 Finnish citizens turn 65 years of age. In Europe the amount of 60-year-olds increases by over two million each year. With the ageing of the population it is necessary to evaluate and reassess how welfare services are organized, financed and produced. We must also ask, what does the state actually promise to its citizens, what do we want from it and what are the available possibilities? Will or should there be changes to the present systems in the near future?
The seminar will explore these and other questions with reference to examples from Ireland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. A comparative approach will give us a comprehensive overview of the different possibilities and the successes and failures experienced in organizing welfare services.
The seminar is organized by Kalevi Sorsa Foundation with the Federation of Finnish Financial Services.
10:15 Opening: Rakel Hiltunen, Member of Parliament
10:30 Lesson 1: Ireland (ppt)
Professor Virpi Timonen, Trinity College Dublin
10:50 Lesson 2: Germany (ppt)
Policy Advisor for Social Policy Severin Schmidt,
Friedrich Ebert Foundation
11:10 Lesson 3: France (ppt)
Professor Emeritus Alain Franco, University of Nice
11:30 Lesson 4: The Netherlands (ppt)
Head of Research Minna Kaarakainen,
National Consumer Research Centre of Finland
Professor Olli Kangas and Chief of Research Administration
Laura Kalliomaa-Puha, Research Department of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland
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