The pension "reform" that the Ukrainian government has developed, adopted, and has already been signed by the Ukrainian authorities will certainly make a significant contribution to the realization of such an image of the future, in which people will not have pensions, believes the leader of the Kyiv OPPOSITION BLOC Oleksandr Puzanov.
He notes that reform implicitly increases the retirement age, increasing the requirements for length of experience, which is necessary for retirement. According to calculations by the Ministry of Social Policy, by 2028, when you will need to work at 35 years old to retire at 60, more than half of Ukrainians will not have the required length of experience.
"The government’s idea that Ukrainians need to work longer is cynical in nature. The average life expectancy for men in Ukraine is 62.8 years. An average Ukrainian man has every chance of not surviving to a pension," the politician said.
Oleksandr Puzanov notes, that despite the solemn upsurge and "modernizing" of pensions, their size remains miserable - in dollars, the minimum pension until October 1 was 49.5 USD, from October 1 it was raised to 54.4 USD (at the rate of 26.7 UAH per 1 USD) . Next year it will again fall to 49.7 USD (according to the government’s forecasted rate of 30.1 UAH per 1 USD). For comparison - in 2013 the minimum pension was 118.6 USD. If the government complied with the requirements of Ukrainian legislation and raised pensions to the level of inflation, the minimum pension now would reach 2223 UAH.
"It seems that the government consciously creates conditions under which the standard of living and its duration in Ukraine will remain low, and people will simply not survive to retirement. Moreover, Ukrainians should not even dream of the fact that in retirement age they feel free and live with dignity. Not with this government," Oleksandr Puzanov summed up.