State guarantees for decent pensions, benefits and social benefits will be enshrined in the Pension Code. It will take into account all the positive developments of the current pension legislation, including special laws relating to Afghans, Chernobyl victims, combatants and other preferential categories.
On March 12, 2019 in Kyiv, Oleksandr Vilkul, the presidential candidate of the OPPOSITION BLOC, discussed with representatives of public organizations of pensioners and experts a new pension system, which he will implement after reboot of the authorities.
“We will return respect for the working people who created our country,” the opposition leader said. We are talking about five guarantees for pensioners:
· Minimum pensions at the level of 40% of the average salary in Ukraine. To date, recalculated with an average salary of UAH 10,573, the pension should be at least UAH 4,229;
· Free travel of pensioners in transport in all localitions;
· Medical insurance at the expense of the state;
· Tariffs for housing and communal services – no more than 15% of family income; food expenses should be no more than 25% of family income;
· No income tax on the income of working pensioners.
Vilkul stressed: “I want to say “thank you” to all working people. We will ensure that pensions, benefits and social benefits provide a decent standard of living. And we will fix it in the Pension Code, which will protect the interests of pensioners forever.
We will stop mockery of people, which is not only in beggarly payments. We will cancel the prohibitions to speak the language in which they sang lullabies to their children. We will restore respect for such holidays as May 9, which are part of their lives.”
The head of the Council of Veterans of Ukraine Viktor Shmakov, the deputy head of the Council of Veterans of Ukraine Angelina Moiseieva, deputy of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Council from the OPPOSITION BLOC Yulia Kovalevska spoke in the discussion.
In their speeches, participants of the roundtable noted that the situation of pensioners in Ukraine every year becomes more and more difficult, and more than 80% of them today are below the poverty line.
The speakers supported the state pension guarantee program presented by Oleksandr Vilkul and expressed hope that in the near future it would form the basis of the state pension policy.