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Second pillar petition handed in to Parliament

Members of the Petition Committee for the protection of the private second pillar of the pension system on October 23 handed in a petition to Parliament containing 126,277 signatures on 7,760 pages. "We collected the signatures within two weeks," Petition Committee member and opposition SDKÚ-DS vice-chair Iveta Radičová said.

She added that the Committee in an accompanying letter called on Parliamentary Chairman Pavol Paška (Smer-SD) to schedule a debate on the petition in parliament. The committee also wants the Government's proposed amendment to the Social Insurance Act, which aims to reduce the role of the second pillar, to be withdrawn from Parliament until the petition is discussed.

If Paška declines the committees request and doesn't withdraw the amendment from the upcoming parliamentary session, the petition will be discussed at the next session, possibly together with the State Budget Act. The signatures supporting the petition have only been verified by the Committee itself so far. Parliament has 30 days to examine the document. If it is confirmed that there are actually more than 100,000 signatures, Parliament is required to take the petition into account and discuss it. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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