Poland's legislation hiking retirement age ruled constitutional
May 8, 2014
President of the Constitutional Tribunal Andrzej Rzeplinski
Poland's legislation increasing retirement age of both men and women to 67 is constitutional, the Constitutional Tribunal said in a non-unanimous ruling.
The law hiking retirement age was passed in 2012. Ahead of the changes, women were allowed to retire at the age of 60 and men at the age of 65. The changes to retirement age will be introduced gradually: for men to 2020, for women to 2040.
The law also introduced the possibility of choosing a "partial pension" of 50% of eventual pension, at the age of 65 for men and 62 for women.
The tribunal ruled that those regulations are unconstitutional, and the lawmakers will have to correct it to make it valid only temporarily, until the end of the transitory period of implementing new, higher retirement age, the tribunal said.