Bill Simplifying Pensions Acquire for IDPs in Development by Parliament

There are over 1.4 million IDPs registered in Ukraine today. Protecting their rights and the rights of those who remain in the occupied territories are being discussed today in Kyiv at the country's first national forum on migration and fighting human trafficking


Simplified procedure of payment of pensions for Ukrainians living in occupied territories is among questions discussed at the forum. Almost half of the 1.2 million pensioners, living there haven’t claimed their pensions for the past five years due to the complicated procedure. A bill, dedicated to resolving this situation is now on the desk of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Human Rights, De-occupation, and Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories.

“There was never a question within the government ‘to pay or not to pay.’ Of course, we will pay the pensions. The question is what mechanism will be used and when it will start working. From 2014 until today, 90% of pension debts have been paid. More than 106 billion hryvnias in pensions were paid over the course of these years,” Deputy Minister for European Integration, Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, Serhiy Nizhynskyi said.

There are currently more than 1.4 million registered IDPs in Ukraine. Around 65% do not consider returning home. Parliament is considering a bill that is aimed to secure government compensation for those IDPs, whose apartments or houses have been damaged due to the conflict.

“It won’t be a regular law, its adoption will not be simple. The main thing is for us to understand where we’ll take this money. Before all, we’re counting on assistance from our foreign partners. Yesterday, Volodymyr Zelensky stated that we are extending the term of the law on the special status of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This must go to our committee and we are waiting for the introduction of this law from the president,” Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee, Dmytro Lubinets said.

Source UATV
date 10.12.2019
categories News releases, Society
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