Skopje, 30 June 2020 (MIA) – The government managed to improve the living standard of senior citizens, provide them with special services and stabilize the pension system, Deputy PM for Economic Affairs Mila Carovska said on Tuesday after meeting with members of the Union of the Association of Senior Citizens.
Ministry of Labor and Social Policy representatives, Mayor of Centar municipality Sasha Bogdanovikj and members of the “Humanost” Association also attended the meeting.
The Deputy PM underlined that the government has in the past two years deposited Mden 3.7 billion in the pension fund, thus providing stable pensions for current and future recipients.
“Besides stabilizing the pension fund, the government continually increased pensions. During the reforms period, the average pension rose by Mden 824, while in 2020, due to economic growth and salary increase, both the minimum and average pension rose an additional Mden 722. Through Ministry of Labor and Social Policy programmes and with the support of the World Bak, we granted additional funds to municipalities and citizens’ associations to improve services at local level,” Carovska said.
She added that the government also introduced a social pension, thus ensuring social security for 6,611 people over the age of 65. Moreover, Carovska and senior citizens representatives agreed that the minimum pension should further increase in the future.
Additional Deputy Minister for Labor and Social Policy Sanela Skrijelj stressed at the meeting the importance of social reform and promotion of social services at local level.
“This health and economic crisis demonstrated the need for promotion and provision of services for vulnerable categories, including senior citizens, at local level. The Ministry for Labor and Social Policy has managed to adapt to the crisis situation quickly and provide together with citizens’ associations services to 1,500 members of vulnerable categories,” the Minister said.
In the future, she added, the Ministry together with its partners, like the World Bank, is planning to improve services. Over EUR 10 million have been obtained and projects are being developed in cooperation with municipalities to provide dignified living conditions for all citizens, especially seniors.
Representatives of the “Humanost” Association said at the meeting that they’ve been promoting key services for vulnerable categories and senior citizens for the past 22 years.
People’s needs, they added, should be taken into consideration in the process of creating such services and local self-governments should be guided in the process by those of its residents.
Centar mayor Sasha Bogdanovikj told reporters after the meeting that the municipality has in the past few years allocated funds to help citizens who make use of social services.
“We’ve demonstrated that we are able to support senior citizens,” he noted.
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