13.00 – 14.30 Registration and Welcome Coffee


14.30 – 15.00 Official Opening

Master of ceremony: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Virginia Zhelyazkova, Vice-Rector for Education and Quality Management, VUZF University

Valeri Simeonov, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria

Menda Stoyanova, Chairperson of the Committee of Budget and Finance in the 44-th National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria

Hasan Ademov, Chairperson of the Committee of Labor, Social and Demographic Policy in the 44-th National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria

Biser Petkov, Minister of Labor and Social Policy of the Republic of Bulgaria

Каrina Каraivanova, Chairperson of the Financial Supervision Commission, Bulgaria

Gabriel Bernardino, Chairman of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) – Keynote speech

Prof. Dr. Grigorii Vazov, Rector of VUZF University


15.00 – 16.15 FIRST PANEL – Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on the Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP)essence of PEPP, legal aspects, time frame, consensual characteristics, open issues, expectations for reactions of the Member States to the Regulation, problems.


15.00 – 15.15 Keynote speech – Nathalie Berger, Head of Unit Insurance and Pensions, Directorate General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission (EC)


15.15 – 15.25 Presentation – Sophia in’t Veld, Member of the European Parliament, PEPP rapporteur in Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, ECON


15.25 – 15.35 Presentation – Justin Wray, Deputy Head of the Policy Department, EIOPA


15.35 – 15.45 Presentation – Falco Valkenburg, member of the Board of Directors, Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE) 


15.45 – 16.00 Discussion – Panelist’s opinions


16.00 – 16.15 Q&A

Panelists: Nathalie Berger, Head of Unit Insurance and Pensions, DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission (EC); Sophia in’t Veld, Member of the European Parliament, PEPP rapporteur in Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, ECON; Justin Wray, Deputy Head of the Policy Department, EIOPA;  Falco Valkenburg, member of the Board of Directors, Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE)

Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stanislav Dimitrov, VUZF University


16.15 – 16.35 Coffee Break

16.35 – 17.50 SECOND PANELMarket Effects of the Introduction of the Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP)  – target effects, expectations of EIOPA, ЕC, opinion of experts, positions of market participants, expected impact of PEPP on the market of capital pension insurance, providers of PEPP, product passport, rendering activity of registered provider in one Member State in other Member States, issues.


16.35 – 16.45 Presentation – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stanislav Dimitrov, VUZF University


16.45 – 16.55 Presentation – Prof. Dr. Hans van Meerten, professor of International Pension Law, Utrecht University, the Netherlands


16.55 – 17.35 Discussion – Panelist’s opinions


17.35 – 17.50 Q&A

Panelists: Svetla Nestorova, Chairperson of the MB of the Association of Bulgarian Insurers, Dr. Nikola Abadzhiev, Chairperson of the MB of the Bulgarian Association of Supplementary Pension Security Companies, Dieter Pscheidl, Head of European Affairs, Vienna Insurance Group, Chiara Sandon, Senior Policy Advisor, European Fund and Asset Management  Association, EFAMA.

Moderator: Chief Assistant Prof. Dr. Radostin Vazov, Administrative Director, VUZF University


17.50 – 18.00 Conclusions of the conference and closing