Current pension law to be valid till end of September – head of Armenia’s Constitutional Court
YEREVAN, April 4. /ARKA/. The funded pension law the way it is now will not be valid after September 30, the head of Armenia’s Constitutional Court Gagik Harutiunyan said.
On Wednesday 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. All payments to pension funds charged under the new funded pension law before the ruling must be refunded.
Some fundamental provisions of the law are conflicting with the constitution, Harutiunyan said in his interview to Armenia’s Public TV.
When asked if citizens still have to make mandatory payments to pension funds, the head of the court said the law will be fully valid till the deadline mentioned.
Responding the question whether the provisions the court declared invalid and conflicting are still constitutional till the end of September, Harutiunyan said it is required by the law.
Harutiunyan said it is within the competence of the National Assembly, but not the Constitutional Court to repeal a law.
The head of the court pointed to absurd cases when the parliament repealed the law only seven months after the court declared the law provisions anti-constitutional and invalid.
In this respect, the government should do two things – submit a legislation package to amend the law in a quick and complex manner, and submit developments for revising its decisions.
In commenting the variant readings of the court ruling, Harutiunyan said confusion is caused by non-lawyers interpreting the court decision. Apart from this, he said, people interpret the court decision in their own interests.
Knowledge of the constitution and the law requirements is needed for interpreting and making conclusions, he said.
Harutiunyan said he personally will follow up the court decision, arrange a monitoring and report on execution most probably in October. –0--