Tihipko Predicts Parliament To Pass Pension Reform Bill Before July 4

KIEV, Ukraine -- Vice Prime Minister / Social Policy Minister Serhiy Tihipko predicts the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) will pass a draft law on pension reform before July 4.

Vice Prime Minister Serhiy Tihipko

"The reform will be voted completely before the fourth of July. For some reason I'm convinced this decision will be made," said Tihipko.

The Vice Prime Minister one again recalled, if the parliament would not adopt the pension reform bill before the end of the current session, he would resign.

Tihipko stressed, he had not discussed his possible resignation with President Viktor Yanukovych.

"I had no talk with the president, but I can say that for me it is important that no one said 'stop' to me," he said.

Alongside Tihipko stressed, when talking face-to-face Prime Minister Mykola Azarov responded to his announcement of possible resignation, although Tihipko did not specify how exactly.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Cabinet of Ministers on June 1 submitted to the Verkhovna Rada redraft bill on the pension reform.

The parliamentary committee for the affairs of pensioners, veterans and persons with disabilities is recommending that the Rada again return draft law No.7455, Concerning Measures for Legislative Supporting of Reformation of the Pension System, to the government for elaboration.

Source: Ukrainian News