Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Skender Reçica reported today to the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, Gender Equality, Missing Persons and Petitions, about amending and supplementing the Law on Pension Schemes funded by the state, which has already been sent for approval to the Government of the Republic of Kosova.
Minister Reçica said that MLSW has encountered some difficulties in implementing the legal framework related to the realization of pension rights and therefore has evaluated as necessary the amendment and supplementing of the current law 04 / L-131 on funded pension schemes by the state.
According to the law applicable to state-funded pension schemes, the beneficiaries of any retirement pension scheme earned under this law may not benefit from any pension from special pension schemes managed and administered by the MLSW.
In order to respect the contributions given by the pensioners who are part of the families of war categories, the minister said that the respective amending-supplementing and amendment in the draft law was initiated – amending the current law according to which it is granted the right beneficiaries of basic pension and age pension contributors, benefit from other pensions, based on the Law in force on the Status and Rights of Martyrs, Invalids, Veterans, members of the Kosova Liberation Army, Civilian Victims, and Amended Law.
Minister Reçica also informed members of the parliamentary committee on Pension Reform in Kosova and stressed that the drafting of the Concept Paper on the Legislative Agenda of the Republic of Kosova for 2018 has already been foreseen.
Pension reform will be a comprehensive reform, where a comprehensive law is envisaged, which will regulate many issues that have been problematic so far. He stressed that the criterion for the benefit of 15-year contributory pensions should be re-evaluated because this criterion has prevented many citizens of the Republic of Kosova from enjoying the contributory pension.
In the framework of the reform, it is also necessary to re-evaluate the recognition of contributions for different periods of time for those citizens who, without their wish, have left the workplace.
In the framework of reporting, Minister Reçica responded to members of the Commission on their questions on citizens ‘benefits and benefits, based on the law for the categories emerged from war , workers’ rights, safety and health at work and other questions that fall into the domain of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare.