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12 Jun 2019

Belarus, Estonia to settle pension issues

Belarus, Estonia to settle pension issues
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MINSK, 12 June (BelTA) - Belarus and Estonia will settle the issues regarding pension provision of citizens living and working or working on the territory of the two countries. The House of Representatives is preparing the Estonian-Belarusian agreement on social security for ratification, Oleg Levshunov, Deputy Chairman of the Standing Commission on Labor and Social Affairs pf the House of Representatives, told BelTA.

Today, the period of work in Estonia after the collapse of the Soviet Union is not taken into account as pensions are calculated in Belarus. There is the same gap in the Estonian legislation. “To resolve such situations parties usually sign agreements based on the proportional principle. It means that each state bears responsibility – awards and pays pensions for the track record acquired in accordance with its laws in its territory,” Oleg Levshunov, explained.

As a result, the person may receive a pension from the state of employment, i.e. to realize his pension rights in full, irrespective of which country he resides. The agreement we are now preparing for ratification is based on this principle, he said.

The agreement regulates relations in terms of insurance and pension payments. “The countries will award pension over the period of work on their territory in accordance with the legislation. Belarus will take into account years of work in the former BSSR, Estonia those in the former Estonian SSR. Pensions will be paid in the country of residence (on a quarterly basis) in the national currency of the country,” Oleg Levshunov said.

Pensions granted before the entry of the agreement into force can be revised upon the pensioner’s application. 

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