"I want to reassure Ukrainians: the question of raising the retirement age to 65 is not on the agenda. Moreover, the government has not initiated such a step," he said.
Zarudnyi also denied reports about the alleged intentions of the Government to prohibit working pensioners from receiving pension payments. "For us, at the present time, it is unacceptable. Firstly, many pensioners are forced to work not because they have a good life, but because they have low pensions, and secondly, working pensioners are also contributors to the Pension Fund and taxes to the budget," the chairman of the Pension Fund explained.
At the same time he announced the government's intention to unify the pension legislation in 2015, as "the principle of calculating pensions must be uniform for everyone."
"The development of such a law (perhaps it will be a new version of the Law on Compulsory State Pension Insurance) is a priority for us in 2015. After all, the coalition agreement and the government program contain the provision of transition to uniform principles for calculating pensions as one of the key issues," he said.