The provisions of the Government’s bill on the pension reform, which
will be introduced shortly, do not stipulate a raise of the retirement age,
instead envisaging the development of a fair pension system, which will allow
to increase retirement payments and to reduce the deficit of the Pension Fund.
This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr
Groysman during A Question Time for the Government at
the Verkhovna Rada of
“Let’s stop to intimidate the citizens, it is better to call things by
their proper names. The pension system is totally unfair. It is crucial to
increase welfare of our retirees. We are committed to change this system, it
should be based in a fairness principle”, stressed the Head of Government.
The Prime Minister accentuated that it is necessary to pay attention to
the seniority of a person.”Next step - the attention
should be paid to the deficit of the Pension fund which today exceeds UAH 140
billion. This system which is half subsidized for today - is not viable, noted Volodymyr Groysman.-And third,
after the Government will submit (to the Parliament) the draft law on the
pension reform, which is not envisaging the increase of the retirement age, the
Government will recalculate pensions, and we will be able to increase the pensions
to Ukrainian citizens starting 1 October”.
In this context, the Head of Government urged all MPS to support
propositions offered by the Government on pension reform-“regardless of
political flags". "We need to take one flag-the state flag-and adopt
the decision. Let us cease the attempts to intimidate the citizens, and it is
better to speak about what exactly we will do, and how it will affect people's
lives," underlined Volodymyr Groysman.