Following a five-day long debate, the parliament on Monday, August 6, approved for changes to the pension system to be made through a fast-tracked proceeding.
The opposition had complained, the TASR newswire wrote, that there is no reason to deal with the bill so swiftly, without a proper debate taking place. In protest, the opposition did not take part in the vote on Monday. Instead, it unfolded a banner in the hall stating: "Smer - thieves of pensions". According to the bill, deductions to the second pension pillar will be reduced from 9 percent to 4 percent, and it will no longer be mandatory for people entering the labour market to join the second pillar.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.