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November 29, 2022

Polemics over military pensions. PM Ciuca: Military pensions are not special pensions, but service pensions

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca declared on Friday, in Baia Mare, that the Government’s representatives will continue to reach out to the European Commission to support the idea that military pensions belong to the category of service pensions and that they are not special pensions .

The head of the Government recalled, in this context, the fact that the World Bank also supports this aspect, given that these pensions are calculated on a contributory basis.

“As far as military pensions are concerned, we also discussed this aspect, including with representatives of the (European) Commission, on a technical visit in Bucharest (…) We discussed the report presented by the World Bank, in the content of which is written very clearly that military pensions do not belong to the chapter of special pensions, but to the chapter of service pensions. Military pensions have been amended by law and are based on contributions, and at our level we continue to support reform of the contributory pension system, and in the steps we will take in the future with the European Commission we aim to reach a very clear understanding in accordance with the principles that the other states in the European Union also respect vis-a-vis military pensions, according to which these are not special pensions, but service pensions,” declared Nicolae Ciuca, who was on a visit to Maramures County.

Prime Minister Ciuca’s statements come in the context in which sources from the EU executive indicated, on Friday, that a special milestone, whose deadline is the end of this year, is related to the revision of special pensions, which also include military pensions.


DefMin Tilvar: Military pensions are occupational pensions


Military pensions are occupational pensions, stated the Minister of Defense, Angel Tilvar (photo), who emphasized that he wishes that, following the discussions held with representatives of the European Commission on the subject of pension reform in Romania, assumed through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), this status not to be changed.

He was asked if military pensions are special or occupational pensions, in the context of the assumption by Romania through the PNRR of the milestone regarding pension reform.

“They are occupational and the discussions with the European Commission do not represent an extraordinary thing, this is how it is done, it is a way of working between the member countries and the Commission. From what I can tell you, this milestone 215 should take into account or the way we are reporting should also take into account the World Bank’s report which affirms the fact that these pensions are not special. We very much want the discussions that Minister Bolos announced today to materialize in an acceptable version for us. As far as I am concerned, I have no doubt that military pensions will remain occupational pensions,” Angel Tilvar said on Digi24.

He added that his message to the Romanian servicemen is the one mentioned, when asked what he conveys to them on the subject of pensions.

“I convey exactly this, taking into account the context in which we find ourselves, taking into account the experience of other states, they do not have to fear that this status will be changed. And I am sure that the Romanian state has the resources of persuasion and the necessary arguments that to lead in the direction we want,” declared Tilvar.

He also specified that on the subject of military pensions there are discussions between experts from Defense Ministry (MApN) and those from the Ministry of Labour, asked what is the national strategy for fulfilling the milestone regarding the pension reform.


Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.pixabay.com

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