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President supports only part of amendments to the Constitution

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Andris Berzins

The State President Andris Berzins supports amendments to the Constitution that would prescribe open vote in election of president and judges of the Constitutional Court, but he is of opposite opinion about amendments which provide an opportunity to execute a search to Saeima deputies and inflict on them administrative penalties without a prior consent of the parliament.

«I have a feeling these amendments to the Constitution are necessary only to the current coalition, therefore I prefer the question of search and administrative penalties remaining as it is,» Berzins said in the interview to the LTV broadcast Labrīt, Latvija!.

When asked to comment on raise of the retirement age, he noted that the Welfare Ministry is aware of the current situation and has found the best solution in the question about raise of the retirement age. The President added it is much more important to answer the question how fast the retirement age is to be raised.

«The said question is urgent, but also too sensitive. When I meat the Welfare Minister Ilze Vinkele and her team I got a feeling the Ministry is doing everything to find the best sollution in this issue,» Berzins said.

BNN already reported that the current retirement age – 62 years – is planned to be gradually increased, starting with 2014. Amendments ot the Law on State Pensions still have to be adopted by Saeima.

Plānots, ka 2014. un 2015.gada 1.janvārī pensionēšanās vecumu paaugstinās par trim mēnešiem, bet, sākot ar 2016.gadu, ik gadu to paaugstinās par pusgadu līdz 2020.gadā būs sasniegts 65 gadu vecums. Paredzēts, ka pakāpeniskā pensionēšanās vecuma paaugstināšana skars cilvēkus, kuri dzimuši sākot no 1952.gada 1.janvāra

On January 1 of 2014 and 2015 the retirement age is planned to be raised by three months, but starting with 2016 each year it will be raised by six months until in 2020 it will reach age of 65. It is planned that  the gradual raise in retirement age will concern people born from January 1, 1952.

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