As reported by Censor.NET, Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman said that the new law on pension reform that would allow raising payments to Ukrainian pensioners was considered at today's meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.
The presentation, which Hroisman has demonstrated at the government meeting, states that the majority of pensioners live below the poverty line today receiving 1,312 hryvnia (about $50) per month while the average pension in the country is 1,820 hryvnia.
"No one in Ukraine can predict the exact amount of one's pension. In fact, it does not matter how much you earn today as you will still receive a minimum pension," Hroisman said.
"8 million people in Ukraine receive minimum pensions while the system does not allow to increase them," he said.
"Retired people become poorer every year," the MP said and explained that pensions in the country are being raised much less often than salaries.
According to the prime minister, the pension reform will modernize pensions. The Cabinet intends to introduce new regulations that will increase the minimum pension from 1,312 to 3,764 hryvnia as early as Oct. 1.
Hroisman said that the constantly increasing Pension Fund shortfall jeopardizes further payment of pensions.
According to the PM, the unified social tax revenues will grow after raising the minimum wage, which will allow increasing pension payments.
Besides, the official said that the retirement age for Ukrainians would remain unchanged. The pensionable service term will only undergo changes - it will be 25 years.
Members of the Cabinet of Ministers supported the bill on pension reform. The initiative also got strong support of Minister of Sports Ihor Zhdanov, Acting Health Minister Ulana Suprun, and Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko. The Cabinet unanimously approved the bill.