The Portability Directive has been adopted by the European Parliament. The Directive is intended to protect the pension rights of workers moving between Member States. Currently, there is no EU-wide protection of "supplementary" pension rights (i.e. pension benefits provided by an occupational pension scheme) when a member moves abroad. If approved by the Council of Ministers, the Directive will help to prevent the loss of supplementary pension rights when a member moves between Member States. The Directive provides that the period of active membership required in order to attain vested rights (the "vesting period") cannot exceed 3 years. Further, schemes cannot specify a minimum vesting age above age 21. Following the vesting period, schemes will be required to preserve members' benefits and treat them fairly when compared with active members. Schemes will also be required to inform members of the impact on their pension of moving to another Member State. This Directive is unlikely to affect current vesting provisions in England and Wales given the much shorter vesting periods operated by occupational pension schemes.