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Government not pledging to increase retirement age to 70. PNL’s Citu: Draft law proposes a voluntary system; PSD’s Oprea: Retirement age cannot be raised in Romania

The Romanian government has not discussed and cannot take responsibility for extending the retirement age to 70, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said on Wednesday.

“Because I’ve had some signs of a Government commitment to extending the retirement age to 70, I would like to announce that that is not true at all, I did not even have a discussion at this level; as far as I know, there is a possibility that, if one wishes, he or she will remain gainfully employed until the age of 70. The government has not discussed and cannot take responsibility for such an approach,” Ciuca said at the beginning of a government meeting.

Labour Minister Marius Budai brought some clarifications on this subject at Ciuca’s request.

“Neither in the coalition, nor in the government did we have that discussion. The possibility of a person optionally staying gainfully employed already exists in law; there is also a bonus if someone remains gainfully employed without drawing a pension. We can discuss whether or not to increase that bonus; let’s see in the pension reform (…) that we have to work on, other provisions, but at this moment and due to the fact that life expectancy in Romania is low, well below the European Union average, we are not endorsing such project,” Budai said, according to Agerpres.

Ciuca underscored that he brought up the government’s not taking responsibility on such a project.

 

PNL’s Citu: Draft law on the possibility of retiring at the age of 70 proposes a voluntary system, not a mandatory one

 

Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Florin Citu declared on Wednesday that the draft law on the possibility of retiring at the age of 70 proposes a voluntary system, not a mandatory one.

“It’s a draft law. I don’t think it was understood, it was about a voluntary system, if someone wants to continue working and in this way to contribute to have a higher pension, because a motivation system is created, so if you work, the state contributes, it helps you with the contributions and then you will have a higher pension. It was about a voluntary system, not a mandatory system. (…) When we have a pension draft law, a wage draft law and a public administration reform draft law, we can talk about them. Now we are discussing principles and if it is just about principles and we go back to re-discussing about the PNRR [National Recovery and Resilience Plan], only the Government can do this,” said Citu, in the Senate, in reference to the draft law on banning the collection of both pension and wage in the public system and the possibility of retirement at 70 years.

He emphasized that the PNRR “means reform, it does not mean raising pensions”.

 

PSD’s Oprea: Retirement age cannot be raised in Romania because life expectancy has dropped and healthy life expectancy is incomparably lower than that in the European Union

 

On the other  hand, Social Democratic Party (PSD) spokesman Radu Oprea says retirement age cannot be raised in Romania because life expectancy has dropped and healthy life expectancy is “incomparably lower” than that in the European Union.

“Why can’t the retirement age increase in Romania? The first shocking news is that last year life expectancy decreased by 1.4 years, according to Eurostat data. The second argument comes from the fact that healthy life expectancy must be analyzed, an indicator speaking about the quality of life in recent years (how healthy you are). In Romania, a retired man lives 6 and a half years healthy, in Germany (the retirement age is 7 months higher) but a healthy life expectancy is 11 and a half years. In Spain, 12 and a half years and 8 years in Poland. For women, the retirement age is higher or equal to that of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe, but the pensioners live less healthy compared to the other countries,” Oprea wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

He pointed out that the causes leading to a reduced life expectancy must be resolved first and then the raising of the retirement age must be considered.

“And you do not play with statistics (even if it is an average). Healthy life expectancy in Romania is incomparably lower than that in the European Union. Let us focus firstly on solving the causes that lead to these sad realities, the lack of healthy food and lifestyle due to poverty, difficult working conditions and then let us talk about raising the retirement age. Otherwise, only very few Romanian citizens will benefit from pension,” said Radu Oprea.

National Liberal Party (PNL) spokesman Ionut Stroe said on Tuesday that the Liberals discussed in the Executive Bureau meeting about the ban on accumulating pension and salary, but also on the possibility of retiring at the age of 70, with a decision to be made inside the ruling coalition.

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