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February 3, 2023

CC to discuss PNL’s notice on pensions’ law next Wednesday

The Constitutional Court will discuss, on December 15, the notice that PNL filed and that concerns the pensions’ law that the Lower Chamber adopted as amended by the President. The notice, filed o Wednesday evening, was signed by 55 Liberal MPs. The Liberals claim that the law is unconstitutional because it discriminates between genders when it comes to the system of contributions. “At this moment the law is, in our opinion, clearly unconstitutional; according to this law women will have smaller pensions than men,” Liberal MP Eugen Nicolaescu pointed out. He argued that the Labour Minister’s explanation on the use of the contribution stage as a correction to the retirement age differentiation is included in a pensions’ law annex. In reply, Speaker of the Lower Chamber Roberta Anastase stated: “(…) The Constitutional Court will have its say, they (the Liberals – editor’s note) filed it within the legal timeframe. Allow me not to comment what is going on within the Court.”

The pensions’ law, a bill that was reexamined at the Head of State’s request was adopted on Tuesday within the Lower Chamber. PNL, PSD and PC previously filed within the Constitutional Court another notice concerning the pensions’ law, arguing against having an identical retirement age for both genders. The Constitu­tional Court nevertheless turned down the opposition’s notice on October 6, pointing out that setting a single retirement age for both genders does not run against the Constitution.

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