Millions of pensioners living on pensions of 800-1000 lei per month can expect an increase of between 10 and 20 lei in pensions this year. This is the conclusion of the announcement made by the Minister of Labor, Raluca Turcan.
“We have talked to the prime minister and at least the indexation with the inflation rate will take place in 2021. We will announce. We are in the stage of preparing the budget for 2021,” Turcan said in a television show.
The annual inflation rate decreased at the end of last year, in the context of the pandemic, from 2.5% in September to 2.1% in November 2020. 2% applied to a pension of 1000 lei means 20 lei.
According to Turcan, the PSD parliamentarians, authors of the increase of the pension point by 40%, would have “never” conceived that this increase could be supported from the budget.
“Even in the logic of the PSD – those who are currently strengthening pensioners – they never conceived that this increase can be borne, especially since the impact is 138 billion lei, if we were to make this increase with 40% “, estimated Raluca Turcan.
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She also said she set out to draft a new pension law that takes into account equity and the principle of contributivity.
In addition, Turcan, who was not interested in discussing raising the retirement age, instead expressed the option of “broad discussions” on the development of the alternative pension system, noting that the government wants to increase its contribution to Pillar 2.
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“It is an increase in the pension point in the current economic conditions. Last year, not many countries increased their pensions. We have increased pensions by 14%. That 14% means an additional effort this year of 9 billion lei. Moreover, Romania last year was the country that increased salaries in the budget sector by almost 8%, while the EU average was around 2%.
The efforts made last year were very great and can be seen this year as well. Considering that the inflation has decreased constantly, it means that the purchasing power has increased “, Cîţu also declared.
The Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that a 40 percent increase in pensions is constitutional. The magistrates thus rejected the notification of the Government, which means that the Executive is now obliged to find the source of financing for the increase.
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