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 Talks about raising retirement age seek to undermine situation and frighten people, - Hroisman

Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman has commented on a possible pension age increase in Ukraine.

As reported by Censor.NET citing 112 Ukraine, he said during a trip to the Chernihiv region.

"Have you seen the memorandum that was signed earlier? It's about changing the pension system, which will reduce the Pension Fund deficit. We have already started the job. Unshadowing, higher wages - all this allows us to reduce the deficit of the Pension Fund. We are in constant dialogue with the IMF. I hear forecasts of some scaremongers, and I can say that in many cases they are empty talks intended to frighten people," the prime minister said.

He offered reassurance that the government will maintain a dialogue with the public about any significant changes in the social security system.

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Earlier, Ekonomichna Pravda claimed it possessed the text of the latest version of the Ukraine-IMF memorandum saying that Ukraine's further cooperation with the fund was contingent on raising the retirement age, reducing the number of public employees, canceling the simplified taxation system and launching a land market. Vice Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko said he could not confirm the authenticity of the memorandum published by the media.

As previously reported, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde urged Ukraine to carry out pension reform and adopt prudent fiscal policy.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n423629