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11 January 2010
After the decision of the Dutch government to extend the legal pension age from 65 to 67 over a period of time, the German government is now considering to do the same thing.
The German Minister for Labour, Ursula von der Leyen (Conservative) told Bild-Zeitung, "the pension age of 67 is unavoidable in the long-term because people live longer these days. Luckily, they also stay healthy for longer."
"People need to be given the opportunity to work for longer, which is often not the case at the moment. Many companies still don't understand the concept of an aging population. In 10 years time, one in three employees will be over 50 years of age. We need more continuous learning programmes and more respect for the professional experience of older employees."
On the question of whether a roofer, for example, can really work until the age of 67 the Minister said "the extended pension age of 67 does not mean that an aging roofer absolutely needs to be standing on a roof somewhere. Why can he not work in sales where he is less physically challenged but can bring in all of his experience? In the future people will not be doing exactly the same job from apprenticeship to pension age."