The decision to raise the age of retirement will inevitably be made, it is only necessary to choose the right time, says the Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev. According to the Minister, this decision will affect “all people,” and therefore to declare the reform is after the elections to the Duma, i.e. at the end of 2016.
“I think it’s reasonable to declare this to a peaceful electoral period, for example at the end of 2016. And the calculations need to be completed now,” — said Ulyukayev (quoted by TASS).
The head of the Ministry of economic development considers logical every year to raise the age of retirement for six months. Thus, to bring it to 63 years (now considered a variant) it will take 16 years for women and 6 years for men.
“Options can be other, since logic is in all versions, but you need to watch people who would be affected by the reform, distributed by industry, as this will affect their income and other”, — concluded the Minister.
Earlier, former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin have also called to announce the raising of the retirement age in September 2016, after the elections to the state Duma. Up to this point so sharp the discussion to start, according to Kudrin, “hardly appropriate”.
Elections to the State Duma of Russia will take place across Russia on the single voting day September 18, 2016. From 450 deputies 225 will be elected on party lists (for hit in the Duma by the proportional system, parties need to overcome the 5% barrier), and another 225 — in single member constituencies (to win only a simple majority of votes).
At the conclusion of parliamentary elections in political life will come short lull, and in March 2018, the Russians will have to vote on the election of a new President. In November 2015, the acting Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov warned that the winner of the next presidential election will have to either raise taxes or reduce spending on welfare.
“A difficult choice: either seriously reduce the amount of social spending, expenditure on education and healthcare and leave taxes unchanged, or to follow the path of a larger volume of social spending, but to raise some taxes. This is a challenging public choice — the answer to this question should be in the next Russian President,” — said Siluanov.
The current President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin during the traditional “big press conference” in December 2015, said that the issue of raising the retirement age will have to return to prevent a crisis of the pension system because of population ageing.
“It will have to do in all countries this is done, in all who surround us. But when it will need to be done before I would like to talk about it publicly, because even we don’t have, but this is a purely economic problem. Decisions should be taken in a timely manner so that we are not brought down in 5, 10, 15 years the pension system,” — said Putin.