The Swiss pensions system is facing various challenges. As we are becoming increasingly older, the AHV and pension funds are forced to pay out pensions for longer periods of time. In addition, there is a lack of young people, with the result that significantly fewer insured people are financing the pension funds. Other major problems for our pensions system are shrinking returns on investments and negative interest rates. All these factors will result in the importance of private provision increasing against the background of generally decreasing pensions.
In 2017, the Swiss electorate were presented with two proposals for reforming retirement pension provision. Both the additional financing of AHV through an increase to value added tax as well as a federal act on the reformation of retirement pensions in 2020 were rejected by a slim majority. However, the challenges remain. In December 2017, the Federal Council set the direction for the next steps and resolved to reform AHV and the second pillar separately. Benchmarks were set at the start of March 2018 for the measures necessary to reform the 1st pillar. The Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (DHA) responsible, headed up by Alain Berset, has presented a preliminary draft on the stabilisation of the AHV at the end of June. Workers' and employers' organisations have signalled their willingness to discuss measures for reforming the 2nd pillar.
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