Last Tuesday (6.3.07) saw an interesting convention on the shores of lake Geneva at the sumptuous estate of Baron Rothschild and his company. The topic of the well attended conference was pan-European pensions in general and the Belgian incarnation thereof in particular. Jean-Pierre Steiner of Nestlé Capital Advisers shed some cold water on participants’ hopes that pan-European pension plans might fully replace local plans in the near future. In his view, this is an ambitious long-term objective reaching beyond his active lifetime. Nevertheless, he put Nestlé’s considerable weight behind the support of Belgium as the currently most attractive location for pan-European pension funds.