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PM accuses parliament of dragging feet to block pension reform

"Think of that: to artificially drag out the work so that pensioners were unable to get higher pensions in October."

PM accuses parliament of dragging feet to block pension reform
Photo: Photo: Vladyslav Musienko

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has accused certain political forces in parliament of intentionally delaying the consideration of amendments to tjudicial reform to block the consideration of tpension reform.

"Tomorrow is the last full-fledged session day this week. I am receiving signals that some political forces are artificially dragging out judicial reform to block pension reform. Just think of that: to artificially drag out parliament's work so that Ukrainian pensioners were unable to get higher pensions in October," Groysman told a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 20 September.

He described such actions as a "crime against Ukrainian pensioners".

Groysman said he counted on parliament support for pension reform on 21 September.

Bill 6614 amending some legislative acts of Ukraine regarding a rise in pensions was adopted in the first reading on 13 July. The bill extends the length of pensionable service to 25 years in 2018 with a further gradual extension to 35 years by 2028.

The adoption of pension reform is a condition to the allocation of a new IMF tranche.