Parliamentarians and Ministers Enjoy Pensions Four Times Greater Than Workers

Lauren Simmonds

Special statuses and more money is a running theme, while the majority struggles to make ends meet…

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 4th of March, 2018, according to data taken from the end of December 2017, there are still 13,310 users of the so called ”soldier’s pension” in the now independent Republic of Croatia, i.e, Partisans, just several years ago, the number was twice as high.

Today, such retirement payouts are mostly used by the wives of these late soldiers, with the average pension amount standing at 2,731 kuna per month. Beneficiaries of what is known as the “Croatian Homeland Army” pension also fall into this group, including former Domobrani, Ustaše and gendarmes.

At the end of 2017, there were 5,862 users of the aforementioned pensions in Croatia, and in their case, their wives are generally the current beneficiaries. The state granted retired Croatian soldiers from WW2 their pensions back in 1993, and interestingly, compared to all other so called “special” beneficiaries, their pensions are the lowest, averaging in at 2,341 kuna, according to a report from Večernji List.

There are also former political prisoners, 3,218 of them, whose average pension is 3,767 kuna per month. The group of pensioners from the former JNA, has been reduced over the years, there are currently 6,508 of them, and their average pension is 3,111 kuna monthly. According to expectations, the highest number of persons retired on the basis of participation in the Homeland War reaches almost 71,000, and the highest pensions, on average, amount to 5,580 kuna per month.

With all of this being said, it seems that not all of these pensions are by ”special” regulations. Among them are the so-called ”privileged” pensions, and this title generally refers to state officials who, before Zoran Milanović’s former government abolished the status, obtained this special status like parliamentarians, government ministers, constitutional judges, chief auditors, and so forth.

These pensions are currently enjoyed by 655 people and are at a record high, averaging in at a very handsome 9,553 kuna per month on average. Some academics have lower pensions, averaging in at 8,516 kuna, but only 148 people are currently receiving that amount monthly.

Officials of federal bodies of the former state (SFRJ/Yugoslavia) are retired under special regulations, there are currently 109 of them, with an average pension of 3,095 kuna net monthly, Večernji List writes.


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