The Bill on Amendments to the State Pension Insurance Act (466 SE), initiated by the Government, provides that after increasing the base amount, the amount of pension for 44 work years would be close to EUR 611.
From 1 April 2021, the amount of pension for the same number of work years is EUR 552.38. The current rate of national pension is EUR 255.18. The national pension is intended for persons who do not meet the pension qualifying period requirement (15 years) by the time they reach the old age pension age.
Currently, the base amount of pension is EUR 235. All pensioners have the equal base amount of pension; this is supplemented by the part calculated on the basis of years of pensionable service, the insurance part, and the combined part, which are different for each person and depend on their number of work years and size of income.
During the debate, Kersti Sarapuu (Centre Party), Helmen Kütt (Social Democratic Party), Peeter Ernits (Estonian Conservative People’s Party), and Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) took the floor. Mart Võrklaev took the floor on behalf of the Reform Party Faction.
The Riigikogu did not support the motion to amend of the Isamaa faction which would have increased the base amount of pension and the national pension by EUR 20 as early as from 1 January 2022. 26 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 40 were against.
Member of the Estonian Delegation to the Baltic Assembly Anti Poolamets pointed out that the hybrid attacks of Lukashenka’s regime on Latvia, Lithuania and Poland were currently one of the most important foreign policy issues for the security of the Baltic States. “No workable solutions have yet been found for the activities on the border between Belarus and the European Union. The meeting of the BA Security and Defence Committee will discuss joint solutions that would ensure security and stability in the region,” Poolamets said.
He added that the cooperation of the Baltic States in the fight against organised crime was also an important topic that would be discussed. “Organised crime is considered one of the main security threats to the people of the European Union, besides that, the number of organised crime groups is growing in the region. We will discuss how to stop criminal activities through enhancing our cooperation,” Poolamets explained.
Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu Enn Eesmaa said that one of the issues on the agenda of the meetings in Riga would be drafting a plan for effective border control in the Baltic States in crisis situations. Establishing of the early warning procedure for closing of the borders of the Baltic States, which will reduce the risk of uncoordinated activities and ensure the continuation of the daily life of the citizens in border regions, will also be spoken about. “At the meeting, we will also hear the reports of the representatives of Governments on the implementation of the recommendations of the BA in the areas of security threats, preparedness of society to respond to crises, and cross-border cooperation with Poland,” Eesmaa added.
Deputy Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu Leo Kunnas and member of the Committee Mati Raidma will also participate in the meeting of the BA Security and Defence Committee.