Changes in the pension system that the Slovak government is preparing and a planned increase in some administrative fees were not supported by all tripartite social partners (government, unions and representatives of business environment) at their meeting on July 2 and they suspended discussion on the draft amendment to the law on social insurance covering pension as well as the draft amendment to the law on administrative fees, the SITA newswire reported.
Labour Minister Ján Richter from Smer party said the tripartite group would return to these topics on July 30 and individual objections will be discussed before then.
"The cabinet should discuss the bills in question on July 6 and then they should be submitted to parliament for its July session," Richter told SITA after the tripartite meeting.
After the parliament discusses the draft bills in their first reading, Richter said the social partners should return to their content and evaluate the outcome of the talks. Richter added that on July 2, the drafts were opposed by representatives of employers and the Association of Towns and Villages of Slovakia (ZMOS) also raised some objection while the trade unions agreed without any objections.
With regard to the planned changes in administrative fees, employers expressed reservation that preparation of the amendment had not undergone the standard process of inter-departmental review, according to Rastislav Machunka, the president of the Association of Employers' Associations who stated that employers do not see a reason to increase fees for registration of vehicles used for business purposes. Machunka added there is a risk car buyers would move their vehicle registrations to neighbouring countries.
Finance Minister Peter Kažimír does not expect this would happen but he said the Finance Ministry could accept some changes in the proposed higher fees.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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