Parliament debated changes to the Law on Pension Insurance today, which should return the age for old age pension to 65 and reduce penalization for early retirement.
"With the proposal the government has satisfied the demands of 750 thousand citizens who signed the petition by the "67 is too much" initiative," said Minister of Labor and the Pension System Josip Aladrović.
He added that the government will discuss laws it has withdrawn from procedure that would allow a longer remainder in the work force with social partners in order to find the best proposal.
Aladrović was speaking in response to questions from three MPs: Robert Podolnjak of the MOST party, Stjepan Čuraj from the Croatian People's Party and Josip Klisović from the Social Democratic Party. They asked the minister if he even knows what direction pension reforms are headed in, will workers have to work to the age of 68 and will workers be able to work longer than the age of 65?
“These are questions for which we must conduct a wider public debate. We believe that through the labor law we can additionally advance certain other portions of labor legislature. I am confident that through this debate, which will take place in a short time, the best solutions will be found related to labor legislature. Labor legislature, as such, is distinctively connected to the pension system so that I am sure that a certain optimum will be achieved for the entire system,” said Aladrović.