Seniors need cash to handle the price, not the vouchers. This was stated by the chairman of the Smer-SD opposition party, Robert Fico, in response to Friday (November 26) the proposal of the Minister of Finance Igor Matovič (OĽANO).
According to Fico, when the current government needed to find around 300 million euros for 13th pensions, they were not, but when the vaccination of pensioners needs to be supported, it is suddenly not a problem to find 500 million euros for some vouchers for which pensioners have to get a good lunch, then have a massage and make nails.
He pointed out that the idea from the workshop of the Ministry of Finance has no support in the governing coalition. Igor Matovic and Boris Kollar (We Are Families) think the opposition will resolve their ongoing coalition disputes and declare any absurdity.
“I am holding in my hand one of the decisions of the Office for the Regulation of Network Industries on the maximum price for heat in Banská Štiavnica, where the office allowed one heating plant to increase the price for the supply of heat. the average household pays 26 euros more per month for heat only. More than 300 euros a year, which is perhaps one pension. If we add to this a drastic increase in all goods and services, retirees face a difficult year in 2022. And Matovic and Kollar offer them lunch, massage and nails as a vaccination gift, “said Fico.
According to Fico, retirees need cash to at least alleviate the price hell that awaits them and which they have coughed up. “Therefore, to make it very clear, we will propose in the second reading on this proposal amendments so that the payment of any amount of money for pensioners is not conditional on vaccination. Furthermore, not to make pointless vouchers, but cash of 500 euros for each pensioner, to help in the difficult year of 2022 anyway. In fact, we would finally pay retirees a thirteenth pension, “Fico concluded.
Matovic proposes to provide 500 million euros to the operations that suffered the most in the first, second and also suffer in the third wave of the new coronavirus pandemic. Operations are arranged in three groups – HORECA, culture, services. He announced this on November 26 at a briefing together with the President of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Boris Kollár.
Pensioners aged 60+ would receive a voucher for € 500 for services for these affected businesses. They should receive a voucher for receiving the third dose and for the first dose. The voucher should be transferable to another person. The aim is to support vaccination of approximately 380,000 unvaccinated pensioners over the age of 60. Matovič stated that they were ready to negotiate this change in a shortened legislative procedure. Kollár welcomed this path of conviction for vaccination. He said it was essential to motivate retirees.