Opposition parties on October 16 declared they had already collected 100,000 signatures on their ongoing petition calling for the protection of the private second pillar of the pension system. The same number of signatures is required to force a parliamentary debate on a petition's demands, the opposition leaders noted at a press conference, adding that the fact that so many people have signed in just two weeks represents an unequivocal success.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška (Smer-SD) has promised an adequate response from the governing coalition when the petition is submitted. The petition is a reaction to the Government's proposal to amend the Social Insurance Act. If passed, the amendment would introduce many changes to the pension system, some of which are aimed at boosting the role of state social insurance provider Sociálna Poisťovňa. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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17. Oct 2007 at 7:00