PM Boc: Special pensions over 3,000 lei to go down, according to the new law

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Only the special pensions of at least 3,000 lei a month will go down through the enactment of the future law on pension, PM Emil Boc said on Wednesday. The Government finalized the draft law on pension, which will be submitted to the Parliament to pass.

According to the Premier, out of the total number of 180,000 beneficiaries from the special pensions, only 15 percent will have the incomes diminished. PM Boc mentioned that pensions of round 1,500 lei would rise slightly. ‘In Romania, there are about 5.8 million pensioners, and 180,000 of them get special pensions. For about 85 percent of those getting special pensions, namely the police, the army, by excellence, the pension’s quantum will not be affected.

I refer here to the pensions of the military worth up to 3,000 lei, for instance, which will not be diminished, but, the smaller ones ranging between 1,400-1,500 lei will be slightly higher,’ PM Boc said.
Boc explained the mechanism through the fact that the principle of contributiveness will be enacted, namely the people to retire will earn pensions proportionally big to the contributions they were paying to the pension fund, and they will no longer receive the amount the state currently contributes to the special pensions.

Romania’s Prime Minister said that the draft law on pensions drawn up by the Government does not break the principle of the non-retroactivity because those who have already been paid big special pensions will not have to pay back the extra money they got.
Referring to the pensions of the magistrates, PM Boc said they would be high anyway, because the salaries in the system are also big. Labour Minister Mihai Seitan exemplified saying that through the enactment of the future law, a monthly special pension of round 5,000 becomes 4,500 lei. PM Boc also stressed that the new law is aimed at a stricter control of the early retirement and of the pensioning on medical grounds.

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