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Ivana Vukorepa


University of Zagreb

Ivana Vukorepa was Fulbright Visiting Researcher at the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2011 she earned her doctoral degree in legal sciences at the University of Zagreb. Since 2004, she works at the Departement for Labour and Social Security Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. Before that, she used to work in the law office as law trainee and in the Croatian Ministry for European Integration as expert associate and head of division. From 2005 to 2012 in the Negotiations for the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the EU she was Head of the Working group for negotiating chapter “Freedom of movement for workers”.

She has been actively participating in national and international conferences and seminars, as well as scientific research in the field of labor and social security law topics and free movement of workers. In social security law she has a particular interest in pensions. She has been the author and co-author of scientific articles and books and is member of several editorial boards of scientific journals and professional associations. She collaborates as a professional advisor and collaborator on several research projects, as well as to the European independent experts' networks such as: ESPN in the field of social policy (from 2014 to 2018), MoveS in the field of free movement of workers, posting of workers and social security coordination (from 2018) and ECE in the field of labour law, employment and labour market policies (since 2020).

(Autumn 2023)

As we enter the critical years of an ageing population, it is actually five minutes to midnight to reform the pension system if we want to ensure adequate pensions for current and future generations. The affordability of the pension system as it stands today is under pressure, and it seems as if the population, young and old, is not sufficiently aware of the consequences the status quo might have on their standard of living. There is also strong social resistance to pension reforms that are perceived as unbalanced.

In Belgium, as in other European countries, the debate on financing intergenerational solidarity has been going on for several decades, and a reasonably balanced proposal for pension reform was already drawn up by the Pension Reform Commission, which, however, remained dead letter.


For complex challenges an interdisciplinary synthesis can be more important and more relevant than technical and disciplinary expertise. Global problems require an international synthesis.

Joost Van Meerbeeck

Co-Chair LIAS/LIAS Foundation