The pensions industry, however, largely rejected the notion of §17b plans for essentially introducing a pure defined contribution system in Germany for the first time.In March, the government put on hold a revised proposal that included minimum guarantees to see through the implementation of the Portability Directive, scheduled for early 2016.BMAS now wants to explore possible alternatives to the §17b industry-wide proposal.In a statement, it said Hanau and Arteaga would consider whether new pension funds have to be set up under the §17b model, as well as how existing pension funds might benefit from the proposal.They will also assess how companies and workers lacking collective labour agreements might be integrated into the new model.Gabriele Lösekrug-Möller, parliamentary state secretary to BMAS, said the voluntary expansion of occupational pensions would work “only after the social partners are strengthened”.Once the legal experts submit their final report in March 2016, the government is to decide how to “further develop occupational pensions and how to best strengthen the model”. The German government has commissioned Peter Hanau, a professor in the University of Cologne’s legal department, and Marco Arteaga, a partner at law firm DLA Piper, to come up with further proposals for occupational pension reform.The legal experts are to focus on the so-called ‘social partner model’, where occupational pension plans are agreed by company and worker representatives.Last year, Germany’s Labour and Social Affairs Ministry (BMAS) caught many in the industry by surprise after it called for the introduction of industry-wide pension funds, in a bid to increase the take-up of occupational pensions.The government’s proposal became known as §17b, based on the legal paragraph in which they would be set down.
In a speech following his arrival from Russiaon Sunday, President Duterte said he wants “clearproof” of his embattled police chief’s allegedinvolvement in drug recycling before making any judgment. The President added: “it cannot be transferred from the lowest to the highest-ranking officer unless there is a conspiracy. I have to consult everybody. Maya maya madapa na naman tapos ako ang magkaroon ng problema.” “Eh kung‘yung mga criminal binibigyan mong presumption of innocence…You know, Albayalde is the PNP chief. Give me aclear proof na talagang he was thereon the trafficking of drugs,” Duterte said. “Just give me proof, kasi abogado ako e. You know, there is a legal basis we have to follow. Guilt is personal. That is why you have to hear before you condemn because guilt is personal,” Duterte said. Last week, Baguio City mayor and former PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Benjamin Magalong claimed that Albayalde intervened to stop the dismissal of 13 ninja cops in Pampanga in 2013, when he was the province’s police chief. Meanwhile, the PNP vowed to fully cooperate with the investigations being conducted by the Senate, Department of Justice, and Department of the Interior and Local Government which oversees the police force./PN MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterteunderscored the need to respect due process amid the “ninja cops” and drugrecycling controversy hounding the Philippine Nation Police (PNP) and its chiefGeneral Oscar Albayalde. “Give me a clear proof na talagang he was there on the trafficking of drugs,” says President Rodrigo Duterte defending Philippine Nation Police chief General Oscar Albayalde against the drug recycling controversy.