Interior Minister Carmen Dan on Tuesday said 700 police officers have submitted retirement requests since Friday.
“Since Friday, 700 employees of the Interior Ministry have filed retirement requests. The number since early this year is 3,200 employees, including 16 quaestors who have requested to retire. The average retirement age for quaestors is 55. Retirement procedures are underway for 11 more quaestors. The average pension in August at the level of the Interior Ministry is 3,123 lei, while the highest pension is 22,023, drawn by a former state secretary,” Dan told Antena 3 private broadcaster in an interview on Tuesday.
Dan said that the big difference between pensions is the reason why the need for a piece of legislation to iron these gaps has been under discussion.
“Although we all agree that there are some abnormal things happening in the current pension legislation, when we want to make the right corrections, all sorts of discussions emerge that you and I have seen. The piece of legislation about which we have talked these days, does not aim, as I have repeatedly said, at the rights already won. We do not intend to destabilise and cut off from these rights, but it is clear that things are not exactly right. Once again, this piece of legislation does not change the basis of calculation; it does not modify the seniority requirements for retirement (…) If and when the Labour Ministry initiates such action publicly, we will communicate transparently,” said Dan.
At the same time, she added that the number of retired persons drawing a pension from the Interior Ministry is 62,809.
Dan said she would come up with a report on retired people rehired by MAI, saying that there are five counsellors drawing simultaneously a pension and a salary working at her office.