New Pension Reform in Croatia


New Pension Reform in Croatia

A Step closer to equality and dignity of all citizens?

A groundbreaking pension scheme could be introduced in Croatia in 2021, and the scheme includes giving a monthly income to not only former workers, but also to people who haven’t worked long enough to earn a pension, or haven’t worked at all. This monthly income would be paid to citizens who have lived in Croatia for at least 15 years, and who have no other sources of income.

This future-defining news exploded in Croatian media, and not without a reason. For the first time, it seems that the Croatian government is finally taking everybody into its care –not only people who have worked hard all their lives and “deserved” a pension. Deserving a pension is becoming more and more an obsolete of a notion, in a world where work-life balance is becoming more and more important.

It is estimated that as many as 100,000 people in Croatia (65 or older) have no income whatsoever, which is hard to imagine in a modern democracy.

Certain European countries have already recognized revolutionary job market trends, and introduced a 6-hour work day (Sweden), basic income scheme (being prepared in Finland) etc.

It remains to be seen whether this measure will truly be implemented in Croatia, and what kind of impact it will have on our society as a whole. Experts believe introducing a pension for everybody will contribute to diminishing class differences and allow every citizen to welcome his golden age with dignity and respect from others as they deserve.


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