Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Retirement age may be capped in Slovakia

Future generations will pay for this.

(Source: Sme)

Slovakia is one of the European countries most endangered by an ageing population. This does not only mean a less available labour force in the future but an increasing pressure to finance pensions for the increasing number of pensioners. To ease this burden the Robert Fico government introduced an automatic increase in the retirement age. Now his ruling Smer party wants to cap it. Some opposition parties as well as economists do not see it as a good idea since this would endanger the sustainability of public finances in the long run.

“If we do not cap the retirement age, children born this year will retire at the age of 71,” said Robert Fico, leader of Smer and former prime minister, after negotiating the capping of the retirement age with trade unions and Labour Minister Ján Richter on May 16. “We cannot simply accept this.”

They agreed that men and childless women should retire at the age of 65, women with one child at 64 and women with two and more children at 63 years.

Now parliament members for Smer will prepare a respective constitutional law and submit it to parliament by the end of next week for the deputies to deal with it at the June parliamentary session. So there will be an entire summer for discussion, said Fico. If adopted, it should become effective as of 2019.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

The memory of emigration will survive in our children's children Photo

Dušan Tóth, a noted figure of the Slovak community in Canada remembers 1968 and his emigration.

Last days in Austria before departure to the US. Dušan and Valika Tóth, their son Petrík, and the parents, sisters and brother-in-law of Valika Tóth.

August 1968: After a temporary thaw, the Czechoslovak borders were sealed

Tens of thousands of citizens used the window of opportunity and left Czechoslovakia following the invasion of the Warsaw Pact troops 50 years ago.

August 21st, 1968: The Warsaw Pact troops, led by the Soviet army, invaded Czechoslovakia .

Slovak shooter wins women’s skeet at European Championships

Danka Barteková won the skeet competition, while two other Slovak shooters triumphed in the double trap mixed teams’ competition in Leobersdorf.

Sport shooter Danka barteková trains, illustrative stock photo.