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Duma may ratify pension rights agreement with Estonia

January 03, 2012, 13:24 UTC+3
"We're putting the agreement with Estonian on mutual recognition of pension rights on the agenda of the next meeting," Isayev said
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MOSCOW, January 3 (Itar-Tass) — The State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament may ratify the agreement on mutual recognition of pension rights with Estonia within this month, head of the house committee on labor, social policy and veterans' affairs Andrei Isayev told Itar-Tass.

"We're putting the agreement with Estonian on mutual recognition of pension rights on the agenda of the next meeting," Isayev said, "the document will provide for pensions to 70,000 Russian citizens who now live in Estonia."

The document was submitted to the lower house by the government in mid-November 2011. It envisions certain rights to pension while taking into account the length of employment both in Russia and Estonia, except for the cases when the periods coincide.

An explanatory note to the agreement said "it is based on the proportionate principle, where each side calculates the amount of pension - in accordance with the length of service in its territory, under its own legislation.

The provisions of the agreement will apply to the citizens of both countries living in the territory of these states, and well as to members of their families. Therefore, pension rights will be granted to Russians living in Estonia who have reached retirement age under Russian legislation, before they come of retirement age under Estonian legislation.

In Estonia, the pension age is 63 for men and 60 for women. In Russia, it is 60 for men and 55 for women.

The document provides for taking into account the length of work of Russian servicemen in Estonia, i.e. those who draw long service pension. Under the agreement, the pension may be recalculated at a pensioner's request, and in that event, Estonia will pay it under its legislation, and Russia - under Russian legislation.

The house is to review other important bills, such as overhauling a number of articles of the Labor Code, including a ban on loan work. At the end of the work of the 5th State Duma, the lawmakers approved the amendment under which employers must contribute to the Pension Fund by making deductions from wages of labor migrants.

However, the issue of contribution to the Social Insurance and Obligatory Medical Insurance Funds is still open.

The chairman of the committee said consultations with the leadership of these two funds had already taken place.

He expressed confidence that a plan would be offered soon which will provide for sick leave certificate for labor migrants.


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