Decision on lowering retirement age this year: President Duda
PR dla Zagranicy
A decision to lower the retirement age will be made this year, Polish President Andrzej Duda has said.
Polish President Andrzej Duda. Photo: PAP/Jakub Kaczmarczyk
He added that his election pledge will be implemented during this term in office.
“I am trying to implement this programme which Poles voted for by electing me president of Poland,” Duda said.
He added the his Chancellery is working with the government on a number of bills, including one to lower the retirement age, and another to increase the tax-free bracket.
“I believe that calmly, consistently, but also by taking into consideration the financial possibilities of our country, both of these bills will be adopted,” Duda said.
Lowering the age of retirement was a key campaign pledge by the conservative Law and Justice party, which swept to power in Poland’s October general election on a wave of spending and welfare promises.
President Andrzej Duda wants to reverse retirement reforms carried out in 2012 by the former Civic Platform (PO) government.
Duda wants the retirement age to return to 65 for men and 60 for women, down from the 67 for both sexes introduced by the PO.
The former government, led by the more economically liberal Civic Platform, had argued that raising the retirement age was inescapable as Poland is facing a demographic crisis, with the number of pensioners set to rise in proportion to people of working age. (rg/pk)