The Verkhovna Rada
of Ukraine has passed in the first reading the government bill No.6614 on
amendments to legislative acts of Ukraine regarding increasing pensions. The
respective decision was supported by 282 MPs.
The document is the basis in the package of bills on the pension reform
elaborated by the Government, which encapsulates preservation of retirement
age, the abolition of taxation of pensions for working retirees, the
modernization of pensions from October 1 as well as the further automatic norm
of annual indexation of pensions and the deficit-free budget of the Pension
Fund in the medium term due to the increase of payment discipline in terms of a
single social contribution.
Commenting on the necessity for the adoption of the said bill, Prime
Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman
stressed that this initiative is expected by millions of citizens. «We count on
support (on the part of Parliament). The moment has come when we have to make a
decision in the interests of the retirees, a solution that protects working
persons», he asserted.
The Head of Government stressed that this landmark decision will allow
starting from October 2017 to launch automatic indexation of pensions and to
reduce the Pension Fund deficit.
«This is the moment of truth! Ukrainian pensioners are waiting for this
decision», emphasized Volodymyr Groysman
and thanked all members of the Parliament who worked and prepared the draft law
for the first reading in synergy with the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. He
underlined that the said initiatives had been developed for the benefit of all
While presenting the bill, Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Andrii Reva accentuated the
critical importance of this decision and the Government's readiness to further
work on the said initiatives with the Parliament.
«We stand open to work over all lawmakers proposals for the second
reading in order to prepare such draft laws that will unite the session hall. I
promise all Members of Parliament that we consider and take into account all
constructive proposals that will be enshrined (in the drafting of the bill for
the second reading)», summed up Andrii