Belgium does not need earlier retirement

Whatever the Belgian unions like ABVV and ACV would like to say, Belgium needs shorter work careers like a moose needs a hat rack.

Meanwhile, the Socialist union ABVV has said lifting the minimum early retirement age to 60 is “unacceptable” and directed sharp criticism to the Christian union ACV, claiming its more moderate stance gave Verhofstadt an “open target”.
ABVV secretary Xavier Verboven said unions would have had a stronger case to make in discussions with the government and employers if every worker had gone out on strike on 7 October.

If one takes the statistics from UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) of the activity rate (% of the people that are working) per age group, it is obvious to see that Belgium already has enough prepension. From the age of 40 onwards, Belgian men have the lowest activity rate of all major European countries. (Make your own conclusions)
Economic activity rate - Men

Some other observations:

Compare this to the activity rate for women:
Economic activity rate - Women

So men, if you’re lazy: come live in Belgium and marry a Danish girl!


💬 Brussel