He said at a briefing today, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.
"The retirement age will definitely not be raised before late December. We must decide upon the pension reform model by the end of the year. It may also include a gradual retirement age raising," the minister said.
However, he assured that the pensions would be paid without delays.
According to the memorandum of cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, Ukraine is committed to adopt a law on pension reform before the end of 2016 which does not exclude gradual increase in the retirement age.
Earlier, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko said that neither the memorandum with the IMF nor the government were talking about the increase of the retirement age. He stressed that this issue could be considered only after the improvement of the quality of life and increase in life expectancy in Ukraine.