Armenia’s government calls for special parliament session to discuss pension law among others
YEREVAN, May 8. /ARKA/. Armenia’s government has proposed to hold a special parliament session on Monday May 12 to discuss some urgent bills.
First, these bills relate to Armenia’s international commitments the status of which will be checked in late June, minister-head of government staff David Harutiunyan said at a government meeting Thursday.
According to Harutiunyan, the second group of bills has something to do with improving the social condition of citizens, particularly with so called regulating guillotine that simplifies licensing process and expands opportunities for legal entities and individuals.
The third group is connected with reforms on public servant remuneration, and the amendments should be passed by the end of June. This group includes also the pension law to be passed in second reading.
The premier’s position on the issues has been reflected in the bill, Harutiunyan said.
‘It is a hand stretched for negotiations and we, as the premier said, are ready to continue discussions both with opposition and ruling political forces in the parliament and other involved parties’, the head of government staff said.
A total of 29 bills are submitted for parliament consideration.
On April 2 Armenia’s Constitutional Court declared a number of provisions of the new funded pension plan law conflicting with the country’s constitution and, hence invalid. The Court set September 30 as the deadline for harmonizing the funded pension legislation with its decision.
According to a survey conducted February 13-28 by Gallup International Association Armenia among 1,066 adult residents of Yerevan, 88% of respondents did not support the new pension scheme that requires that all Armenian citizens born after 1973 pay social security taxes equivalent to 5 percent of their monthly wages. As mush is to be allocated by the government. That money has to be deposited with private pension funds licensed by the government late last December.
Armenia’s premier Hovik Abrahamyan proposed seven provisions on April 23 to be laid as basis for the pension reform process. One of the provisions de-facto suspends the ‘compulsory’ component of the pension reform.
More than 88% of respondents in a public opinion poll by Gallup International Association Armenia among 1,066 adults in Yerevan in February said they did not support the new pension scheme. –0--