ANES: Present retirement conditions are discriminating against women

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The provision of the draft law on the unitary public pension system regarding the unification of the standard retirement age at 65 for both men and women will correct an injustice against women, as the current retirement conditions were discriminating, Secretary of State Maria Mota, head of the National Agency for Equal Opportunities between Men and Women (ANES) with the Labour, Family and Social Protection Ministry, told Agerpres on Wednesday.

“There are sufficient examples and complaints addressed to ANES by women. Many lady doctors, professors or diplomats voiced dissatisfaction with the fact that, at present, in Romania, the retirement conditions are discriminating against them. They claim that, given the higher life expectancy of women, as well as the salary differences experienced throughout their active life, they should not be discriminated against regarding their retirement date,” said the ANES head.

She underlined that ANES believes that “it is useful for women to have the same retirement criteria (contribution time and age) as men.” “The current draft law on the unitary public pension system will bring improvement in women’s life, even though not immediately, given the fact that its provisions will only be fully enforceable in 2030, ie when women that started working after 1990 will retire,” said Maria Mota.

The Government approved the draft law on the unitary public pension system on Wednesday, which is to be submitted to Parliament for urgent debate and adoption, so that it is enforced starting in January 2011. Labour, Family and Social Protection Minister Mihai Seitan said that the draft law provided the continuation of the gradual increase and the unification of the standard retirement age at 65 for both men and women by 2030.

This way, at first, by 2015, the women retirement age will increase from 58 years and 9 months, the current retirement age, up to 60 years, and for men, from 63 years and 9 months, to 65 years. Over 2015-2030, only the women retirement age will increase so that it also reaches 65 years.

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