Estonia’s Supreme Court to rule on pension reforms

A hearing will begin at Estonia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, 4 August, on the government’s proposed pension reform bill at the request of the country’s President, Kersti Kaljulaid, who believes the reform bill is unconstitutional.

As reported by Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR), the President rejected the bill which will make second pillar pension participation optional if passed.

Under the country’s law making procedure, the President has the constitutional right to decline to sign bills, and return them to the government in the first instance and then to the Supreme Court if she does not agree with the changes.

ERR reported that the President rejected the bill due to six constitutional violations. These were mostly related to the unequal treatment of those who remained in the pillar versus those who opted out or who were never in it.

The state will be represented by justice chancellor Ülle Madise, whilst the President will be represented by sworn advocate Madis Päts, Director of the Office of the President Tiit Riisalo, and departmental deputy head Mall Grämberg.

The Supreme Court told ERR that a decision on the pension reform bill is due in autumn.

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