President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Henn Põlluaas welcomed today’s judgment of the Supreme Court of Estonia, according to which the mandatory funded pension reform was not unconstitutional.
“With this judgment, the Supreme Court expressed its high appreciation for the quality of the work of the Parliament. The decision of the Supreme Court to declare the pension reform constitutional proves the excellent level of legislative drafting of the Riigikogu, especially considering the importance and complexity of the reform, and the emotional discussions that accompanied it,” Põlluaas said,
Põlluaas thinks that the judgement of the Supreme Court on constitutionality brought about final legal clarity. “This judgment deprived the accusations against the reform of their basis,” Põlluaas pointed out. “It is especially important that the people of Estonia could be sure that the legislative drafting activities conducted in the Parliament are in accordance with the Constitution.”
“The mandatory funded pension reform adopted by the Riigikogu takes into account and protects in the best way the interests of our working people and our people who receive pension,” the President of the Riigikogu added.
On 29 January this year, the Riigikogu passed the Act on Amendments to the Funded Pensions Act and Other Associated Acts (108 UA), which made joining the second pillar pension scheme and leaving it voluntary. 56 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of and 45 were against the Act, which was tied to a vote of confidence in the Government. The President twice refused to proclaim the Act, and contested it in the Supreme Court on the grounds of unconstitutionality of the reform.
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