The German Pension Insurance regularly sends mail. Currently, however, a letter from the DRV flutters into the mailbox, which comes only once every six years. What does it mean?
Berlin – Once every six years, the German Pension Insurance sends a special letter to all insured persons and pensioners. The letter calls for the 2023 social election. 52 million people are eligible to vote. But what is it all about? We explain here why the social choice is important.
German Pension Insurance: Social parliaments are re-elected every six years
The German Pension Insurance (DRV) is self-governing, just like the statutory health insurance funds. This is done by voluntary social parliaments – in the case of the DRV this is the meeting of representatives, in the case of health insurance companies the boards of directors. The Assembly of Representatives of the DRV consists of 30 honorary members: 15 represent the insured, 15 the employers.
So the idea behind it is that anyone who pays contributions for their later pension should also have a right of co-determination. The social parliaments are re-elected every six years. In 2023, voters can cast their votes until 31 May. Between 21 April and 3 May, eligible voters will receive their ballot papers.
Letter from the German Pension Insurance (DRV/symbolic image). © IMAGO/Manfred Segerer
Lists for the German Pension Insurance
So who is up for election? In the case of social parliaments, it is not people who are elected, but lists. Behind them are candidates who then move into parliament. The lists are organised by associations and trade unions. There are different lists for the different insurance companies – you can find out about them on the website www.sozialwahl.de.
The DRV is considered to be the largest insurance company, into which millions of people pay. For pension insurance, the following lists are available for 2023:
- BfA DRV-Gemeinschaft - Die Unabhängigen - Interessengemeinschaft der Versicherten und Rentner in der Deutschen Sozialversicherung e. V
- ver.di – United Services Union in the German Pension Insurance Association
- TK-Gemeinschaft, independent community of insured persons of the Techniker Krankenkasse e. V.
- BARMER Insured Community - The independent advocacy group for members, insured persons, patients and pensioners in the social insurance schemes
- Industriegewerkschaft Metall – IG Metall in der Deutschen Rentenversicherung Bund
- Catholic Workers' Movement (KAB) of Germany e.V. / Kolping Society Germany / Federal Association of Protestant Workers' Organizations e.V. in the German Pension Insurance Association
- DAK-VRV e. V. for DAK-Gesundheit and Deutsche Rentenversicherung
- DAK Mitgliedergemeinschaft e. V. Trade union independent. Insured persons and pensioners in health and pension insurance
- DBB Civil Servants' Association and Collective Bargaining Union
- Free and independent community of members, insured persons and pensioners of the commercial health insurance fund
- Christian Trade Union Confederation of Germany – CGB – in the German Pension Insurance Federation
- Social Security Union (GdS)
- BARMER representation of the interests of the insured, independent representation of the interests of employees, pensioners and other insured persons in the statutory health and pension insurance e. V.
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What do the social parliaments do?
The most important task of the Assembly of Representatives is the management of the budget. That is, they decide where the money goes. In addition, the assembly decides who sits on the board of the DRV.