Politicians Weigh Flexible Pension Idea ({{commentsTotal}})

Queuing at an ATM on a pension day Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

After President Toomas Hendrik Ilves highlighted the problem of an aging population in his Independence Day speech to the nation, an idea of flexible pensions has been floated.

Social Democrat MP Eiki Nestor said many countries are crossing over to a pension system where there is no fixed age of retirement, with the date connected with capability and desire to work.

Nestor said that people could decide their retirement age, with those working more years receiving a higher pension.

Sven Sester, an IRL MP, said the approach is good, but there already exists a number of initiatives to motivate people to work beyond the current retirement age.

The debate was sparked by the President Ilves after he said that long-term plans and strategies have taken a back seat in political debates, as there are elections nearly every year and short-term problems receive more publicity.

The next year without an election is 2018. There will be voting for European Parliament (2014), Parliament (2015), presidential (2016) or local (2017) elections in the intervening time.

+{{cc.replyToName}} {{cc.body}}
No comments yet.
Logged in as {{user.alias}}. Log out
Login failed

Register user/reset password

Name needs to be fewer than 32 characters long
Comment needs to be fewer than 600 characters long


Independence Day: Estonia’s way into the future isn’t a race

There is a lack of connection between the Estonian state, and the people who live here. While it expects a lot of the state, Estonian society doesn’t seem ready to contribute, writes Viktor Trasberg.

Lotman: Security academy would be crucial Estonian identity point in Narva

In an opinion piece published by Eesti Päevaleht, Tallinn University professor Mihhail Lotman found it important to overcome the mental barrier separating Ida-Viru County from the rest of Estonia.

About us

Staff & contacts | Comments rules

Would you like to contribute an article, a feature, or an opinion piece?

Let us know: news@err.ee