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Klijnsma calls for choice, solidarity and collectivity in pensions dialogue

first_imgPart of the dialogue will be nationwide meetings, where the Cabinet aims to check and supplement its own views, she said.She added that, depending on the interest and needs arising from these sessions, platforms for specific groups could be established.Klijnsma stressed that anyone with ideas about a sustainable pensions system could participate in the national dialogue, which will be held between September and December.The results of the broad discussion are to be laid down in a framework note, which will also include findings on the issue of the Social and Economic Council (SER).The state secretary said the outline note would include trends in society and experiences with foreign pension systems, and would be tabled in Parliament next spring.She added that the Cabinet would also address the consequences for the design of the system update, as well as possible transition routes and policy variants. Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs, has said freedom of choice on pension arrangements, solidarity on risks and income and which collective approach and players should shoulder which responsibilities will be the main issues in the ongoing debate over the long-term future of the Dutch pensions system.Outlining her plans for future talks, Klijnsma said a new website, www.denationalepensioendialoog.nl, would become the focal point for the debate.She said the site – which is to go live in mid-August – would not only provide insight into the government’s orientation via surveys and polls but also contain links to the policy documents of important players in the debate. To support to dialogue process, Klijnsma presented a clarification of the definitions of the crucial concepts for the discussion.last_img read more

Van Oord Completes East Anglia ONE Foundations

first_imgVan Oord has installed the last jacket foundation for offshore wind farm East Anglia ONE and delivered it to the client ScottishPower Renewables.This achievement marks Van Oord’s completion of its work for this UK wind project.As a main contractor, Van Oord transported and installed all 102 foundations.Due to be completed in 2020, East Anglia ONE is expected to supply the equivalent of more than 630,000 British households with green electricity.The work took place at a depth of more than 40 meters in the North Sea at a location where the seas are often rough, the current strong and visibility minimal. In order to be able to install wind turbine foundations in these conditions, Van Oord developed a pile-driving template.The team used this template to drive the anchoring piles for each three-legged jacket foundation into the seabed with millimeter precision. Subsequently, the wind turbine foundations could be installed in the piles.“Thanks to our ingenious working methods, the expertise of our project team and close cooperation with our partners and our client, we succeeded in installing all jacket foundations for wind farm East Anglia One smoothly and safely. We are proud to contribute to the UK’s energy transition,” said Arnoud Kuis, director Offshore Wind at Van Oord.Client ScottishPower Renewables outsourced the manufacture of the jacket foundations and anchoring piles to suppliers in the United Kingdom, Spain and the Middle East.Van Oord was involved in the logistics and transported some of the foundations to BOW Terminal Vlissingen, the storage and transshipment port for the wind turbine foundations.last_img read more