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Factsheet for measure BG-2022-1/2110 – measures in Bulgaria
|Bulgaria , applies nationwide
|Temporary, 01 January 2022 – 30 June 2022
|Legislations or other statutory regulations
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
|Tsetomila Sabcheva and Luboslav Kostov (Citub)
|05 January 2022 (updated 12 January 2022)
The government will allocate additional BGN 750 million (€383 million) to the state social security budget in order to cover the monthly allowance per pensioner. Тhe allowance was decided after registered growth in tax revenues in the state budget for 2021. The allowance was adopted by the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria with unanimous on vote among politicians.
Pensioners are going to receive a monthly allowance of BGN 60 (€31) as additional payment to their pensions for the period January- June 2022. The allowance will be paid to all pensioners, regardless of the pension received, as a support measure to limit the negative effects of the COVID-19 among this vulnerable group.
From December 25 onwards the pensions are increased on average with 12.5%. Thus the minimum pension for length of service and age amounts BGN 370 (€189). Taking into account the adopted allowance of BGN 60 (€31), pensioners are receiving BGN 430 (€220) as a minimum since January 2022. For contrast, the minimum amount received up to December 2021 was BGN 420 (€215). The maximum pension is set at BGN 1,500 (€767) and reach BGN 1,560 (€798) when the monthly allowance is added.
About 2 million pensioners are going to receive a monthly allowance of BGN 60 (€31). The newly elected ruling government coalition aims to increase the minimum pension received. With the adoption of the monthly allowance there will be no pensioners under the national poverty line up to June 2022. The national poverty line is set at BGN 413 (€211) as of 1 January 2022.
|Does not apply to workers
|Does not apply to businesses
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
At the time of adopting the monthly allowance to pensioners there are no media resources reflecting the social partners' involvement in designing, implementing and monitoring the measure.
At the time of adopting the monthly allowance to pensioners there are no media resources reflecting the social partners' views or reactions on the measure. It is expected that the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) may probably welcome the increase resulting the adoption of the allowance. At the end of 2021 CITUB insisted on the adoption of such allowance which will be paid to all pensions for length of service and age under amounting below the national poverty line.
Eurofound (2022), Monthly allowance to pensions, measure BG-2022-1/2110 (measures in Bulgaria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BG-2022-1_2110.html
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