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Politicians promise not to introduce rapid changes in pension system

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The Chairperson of Saeima Committee of Social and Labour Affairs Aija Barca

The representatives of Saeima Committee of Social and Labour Affairs console that rapid changes in pension system will not be introduced. The Chairperson of Saeima Committee of Social and Labour Affairs, Aija Barca (Aija Barča), from political party ZZS, points out that «changes should take place only after discussions, as pensioners and working people should be consulted».

According to newspaper Latvijas Avīze, she claims that after the elections, pension reforms will not take place. Moreover, she supports the option to retire early, as well as, the additional payment to pensions for harmful work.

«We will not tamper with pensions. If anyone does it, it will be a very cynical and unfair move, » says the Secretary of the Committee Andris Berzins (Andris Bērziņš) (ZZS).

Both politicians assert that the implementation of the smallest non-taxable minimum to pensions would be equal to the reduction of pensions, and promises to not allow it.

The member of Committee Silva Bendrate (Silva Bendrāte) also emphasizes that the political party Jaunais Laiks does not plan to «fall upon pensions». She stresses that without fail the length of pensionable service should gradually increase – it is possible to find this proposal in conception developed by Ministry of Welfare (MW).

The MW conception outlines several possible variants for changes in Pension System of Latvia.

The conception is currently at the ministry and it will be used when constituting the budget of 2011. The conception envisages that starting from 2011 an indexation is done, taking into account the consumer price index; as well as, to transfer the additional payments to pensions from the general budget to the social budget. The Chief Executive of MW Social Insurance Department Jana Muizniece (Jana Muižniece) indicates that from 2012, it is planned to discontinue additional payments to newly received pensions, not to prolong the early retirement, as well as, to give up the preferential pensions, which are paid to people who have worked in harmful and arduous conditions.

She stresses that it is not possible to immediately raise the retirement age, as it requires a transitional period, and this principle is also applicable to other changes in social system.


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