Armenian parliament to vote on amendments to funded pension bill today
YEREVAN, May 13. /ARKA/. Armenia’s National Assembly finalized the discussion on the amendments to the funded pension law at its special session Monday and is voting on the bill today.
At a special session on April 23 Armenia’s premier Hovik Abrahamyan submitted seven provisions to lay a ground for the pension reform and guide the social and political forces in the process. Under these provisions, the ‘compulsory’ component of the reforms is de-facto suspended.
The bill envisages temporary measures before the legislation is changed as required by the constitutional court ruling of April 2. The final law package should be passed by September 30.
Armenia’s minister of labor and social issues Artem Asatryan said the country’s demographic resources are not sufficient to continue with the old pension model.
Head of the opposition Armenian National Congress faction Levon Zurabyan said they will enter into no “separate” deal with the authorities on the pension reform.
‘Despite the premier’s statement, pension charges are being actively collected across the country, and the government continues supporting the compulsory option of the pension scheme... The Armenian National Congress will not share the responsibility for this cheat’, the head of the ANC faction said.
Yet, another opposition faction, ARF Dashnaktsutiun said they will back this bill due to substantial positive changes made there.
Other non-ruling forces of the parliament – Prosperous Armenia, Heritage and Orinats Yerkir, have not yet expressed their stands on the matter. –0—