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Dr. Rolf Schmachtenberg-1

Rolf Schmachtenberg

State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany

With extensive experience in labour and social affairs, the Permanent State Secretary has led various initiatives in policy development including the Federal Participation Act and Equal Opportunities Act. Holding a doctorate in economics, he has played a key role in shaping labour market policy, disability rights, and European social policy.

About Rolf Schmachtenberg

Dr. Schmachtenberg is Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), a position he has held since March 2018. He is responsible for the areas Social Insurance/Provision for Old Age, Participation/Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities, Social Compensation/Social Assistance and European Employment and Social Policy.

After studies of Mathematics and study stays in the USA and Norway he earned a doctorate in economics. Since 1990 he has held various leading positions in the field of labour and social affairs at state and federal level. He has many years of experience in labour market policy, participation/matters relating to persons with disabilities and European labour market and social policy.

His responsibilities included in particular the Federal Participation Act, the further development of the Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and the National Action Plan regarding the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In his three-year term of office as director of the Indo-German programme for social security at the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) he also gained experience in international development cooperation work.

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Admin & Legal

Selbständige in die Rentenversicherung? Die aktuellen Pläne der Bundesregierung

Calendar Main Stage   Time May 15, 10:30-11:30

(This session will be in German)

This session will focus on the German government's current plans to include self-employed individuals in the state pension system. Gain valuable insights into proposed reforms and potential policy changes aimed at addressing the challenges faced by self-employed individuals in securing their retirement benefits. This session will offer a comprehensive overview of the evolving landscape of social security for this demographic in Germany.