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Prague – The pension amendment on the questionable lower valuation of pensions, which was approved by the House of Representatives on Saturday after five days of obstruction, will be discussed by the Senate's social committee today. The constitutional-legal committee should also assess it. The upper parliamentary chamber could approve the amendment on Wednesday.
The Senate is expected to approve the amendment, although probably not all senators from the ruling party clubs will raise their hands for it. Some, like the opposition, consider it unconstitutional that the government is enforcing the law in a state of legislative emergency. Michael Canov (SLK) or Jiří Čunek (KDU-ČSL) opposed this method in the past.
If the Senate rejected or amended the law, its timely adoption would be in jeopardy. The government needs the amendment to be published in the Collection of Laws no later than March 22. If, due to disputes over the method of approval, the Senate decided to use the option not to deal with the amendment, President Petr Pavel would get to sign it only after April 5, i.e. after the expiration of the one-month deadline that the upper parliamentary chamber has for discussing laws. Pavel wants to comment on the amendment on Friday, the day after his inauguration.
The amendment assumes that the average monthly pension will increase by 760 crowns from June instead of the expected 1,770 crowns. According to the government, limiting valorization is necessary to stabilize public finances. The state will save 19.4 billion crowns this year alone.
In the case of extraordinary valorization, which by law occurs when prices rise, the merit percentage part of the pension rises. According to normal rules, the increase should be 11.5 percent from June. According to the proposal, the percentage of the pension will increase by 2.3 percent and on top of all that by 400 crowns, which, according to the reasoning, should slightly favor pensioners with the lowest pensions.