Netherlands roundup: Schemes ‘must reclaim mistakenly paid benefits’

first_imgKLM’s scheme for cabin crew is overhauling its board structureThe €3.2bn KLM pension fund for cabin staff (Cabinepersoneel) is to switch from a board of equal representation to a two-tier board as of 1 July.The new board will comprise three external executive members and six non-executive trustees representing workers, pensioners and the sponsor, under by an independent chair.In the new board model, the non-executive members will operate as a supervisory board, supported by an external audit committee.Currently, the pension fund has a single 10-person board.On its website, KLM Cabinepersoneel explained that finding new board members had become increasingly difficult legal requirements for trustees had become stricter.It believed a two-tier board would solve this problem while maintaining communications with and accountability to the scheme’s membership.The new board will remain accountable to the pension fund’s accountability body.The pension fund indicated that board costs would rise slightly, but would be offset in part by better decision-making and lower implementation costs.The KLM pension fund is not the first scheme opting for the two-tier board, which became a legal option in 2014. The Dutch schemes of Philips (€18.5bn), IBM (€4.5bn), Ahold Delhaize (€4.6bn) and ABN Amro (€26.5bn) have already adopted the model, as have the industry-wide schemes PME (€47bn), Schoonmaak (€5bn) and SBZ (€5.4bn).In January, the €1.3bn pension fund of shipping firm Nedlloyd announced a plan to adopt the two-tier model. As a consequence, 555 pensioners received €12 too much every month, and ABP had asked them to reimburse these benefits. Pieter Omtzigt, MP for Christian Democrats party in NetherlandsIt decided to refrain from reclaiming from pensioners whose overpayments were less than €12 a month, and promised to fully compensate more than 600 other pensioners who were underpaid.Koolmees did not comment on criteria for reclaiming pension payments “as this is the schemes’ responsibility”.He suggested that pension funds should lay down their policy for the issue “with guarantees for content and process”.KLM’s cabin staff scheme opts for two-tier boardcenter_img Pension funds have a legal duty to reclaim pension benefits that have been paid out by mistake, according to Dutch social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees.Answering questions posed by MP Pieter Omtzigt, he said that pension funds should also focus on the outcomes for members in order to avoid “unnecessary legal discourse”.Omtzigt – MP for the Christian Democrats (CDA) – wanted to know participants’ rights if they had received benefits without being aware that they were too high.His questions were triggered by the €407bn civil service scheme ABP, which tried to claw back benefits it had paid based on information obtained from social security bank SVB, which turned out to be incorrect.last_img read more

Egan praises role of young Kildangan squad members in reaching decider.

first_imgHowever, Padraic Maher thinks they’ve managed to overcome the disadvantage of not having games for around three months.He says they’re ‘getting along nicely’ but will need to do better if they’re to lift the Dan Breen Cup again…Tipp FM will have live commentary on the final at Semple Stadium on Sunday.  Our build-up will begin just after 3 o’clock – coverage will be brought to you in association with Top Oil, Thurles ++ The All Ireland medal winner believes the number of young players in their camp has played a huge role in reaching the deciderAnd he also believes their physicality will help them compete with Thurles Sarsfields…Meanwhile the captain of Thurles Sarsfields says their long lay-off from senior action wasn’t helpful.last_img

Long-time Bosnia-Herzegovina National Football Team Player Amira Spahic said Goodbye

first_imgLong-time national team player of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Amira Spahić, ahead of the “A” team match with Israel today, said goodbye to the jersey with the national coat of arms.Spahić is proud of her national team career:“It is a great honour to wear a jersey with the coat of arms of the home country, but also a responsibility. It’s the highlight of every athlete’s career. I am proud to have had the opportunity to perform for our national team for so many years. There were a lot of things that were of particular importance to me, and the most wonderful feeling in my career was when I was given the captain’s armband by the head coach”, says the popular Mikica and continues:“Thanks to the head coach and trainer Samira Hurem for everything she has done for me, because without her I would certainly not be where I am. I would like to thank my family for their support throughout my career and the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina for everything that works for women’s football in our country.”Amira Spahić also has a message for young girls who are interested in sports:“I would like to tell all the girls to play any sport. It doesn’t matter which one, the most important thing is that they feel nice with what they do and enjoy. I enjoyed football and would like as many young people as possible to be involved in sports.”Before the start of today’s match, Amira was presented with gifts by the FF BH executive director for sports, Elmir Pilav and the BH national team head coach Samira Hurem.Amira was born on 8th June 1983 in Travnik.She began her playing career in ŽNK Travnik, and since 2003 she has played for SFK 2000 Sarajevo, with which she won 16 titles both in the Championship and the Cup of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and she also played in the UEFA Champions League.She made her debut for the women’s “A” national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2004 in a friendly match with Croatia, which was played in Koprivnica.In her 15-year national team career, she was the captain of our women’s national team for a time.Along with her playing career, Amira has been building a coaching career, and today she is an assistant coach in the technical staff of the women’s futsal team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.The Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina thanks Amira for all that she has done as a national team player for Bosnia and Herzegovina and for the professional relationship in the jersey with the national coat of arms, and we wish her all the best in continuing her sports career.last_img read more