At a joint session of the family, youth and sport committee, the labour, pension system and social partnership committee, and the health and social welfare committee, Piletić said the priorities included the government’s strategic plan goals, 100,000 new jobs by 2024, a 70% employment rate, unemployment below 5% and youth unemployment below 10%.
The goals include an average net salary of HRK 7,600, a minimum wage of HRK 4,250, 10% higher pensions, increasing the minimum guaranteed allowance to HRK 1,500 as well as accommodation capacity for older people.
“There is enough time until the end of the term to achieve that,” he said.
Presenting Piletić to the committees at the start of the session, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković dismissed claims that many people refused the position of minister. “If you find someone I asked to be in Marin’s place before I asked him, I’ll resign at once.”
The committees’ opposition members asked Piletić about solving problems in social welfare, providing for older people, pension funds, fostering, and pension indexation.
“It would be totally irresponsible to promise higher pensions as of Monday or by the end of the year,” he told Sabina Glasovac of the Social Democratic Party about indexing pensions with real price rises, adding that it is necessary to discuss the possibilities with the minister of finance.
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