House adopts bill that sets Ombudsman’s pension at the level of a CCR judge’s pension and allows it to be cumulated with a salary

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On Wednesday, the House adopted, with 182 votes in favour, 82 against and 10 abstentions, the bill that sets the Ombudsman’s pension at the level of the pension of a Constitutional Court judge, and that allows the pension to be cumulated with the salary.

“The Ombudsman, as well as the persons who exercised the office of Ombudsman, meeting the appointment in office criteria stipulated for Constitutional Court judges on the date of their retirement or of the recalculation of the previously awarded pension, benefit from a pension calculated and established based on the same conditions as the pensions of Constitutional Court judges. The pension can be cumulated with the indemnity for the ongoing mandate,” reads the amendment to law no.35/1997 on the institution of Ombudsman.

After the vote, House lawmaker Cristian Seidler (USR) said that those voting in favour of special pensions should be ashamed, and asked Labour Minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu to explain whether this is “social justice.”

On June 27 last year, the Senate adopted, with a majority of votes, the amendments to the law on the institution of Ombudsman, modifications according to which the person holding this office will have the rank and salary of a minister and a pension equal to the pension of a Constitutional Court judge.

The legislative act stipulated that “the office of Ombudsman is assimilated, as rank and salary level, with the office of minister.”

In what concerns the Ombudsman’s pension, the law stipulated that the Ombudsman “benefits from a pension calculated and established based on the same conditions on which the pension of a Constitutional Court judge is. (…) The pension thus established can be cumulated with the indemnity for the ongoing mandate.”

The legislative act also stipulates that the Ombudsman’s pension is updated each time the gross monthly salary of Constitutional Court judges is hiked, and if, as a result, the Ombudsman’s pension is lower, the Ombudsman keeps the pre-update pension.