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Pension Reform: Committee Chair Calls For More Transparent Debate

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The chairman of the special committee that analyzes the Social Security reform (PEC 6/19), MP Marcelo Ramos, said today (10) that there is a lack of transparency in the debate on the proposed changes. “If we correct the narratives and are true with the population, even if there are some momentary misunderstandings, time will take care of showing that we are thinking about the future of the country,” he said after speaking about the reform at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV).

According to him, the opposition does not tell the truth by denying the negative balance in the public accounts caused by the imbalance in the payment of pensions. “It is necessary to say the truth that the Social Security has deficit, yes. It is not true that Social Security does not have a deficit, “he emphasized.

But in the deputy’s assessment, the government also needs to be clearer about the goals of changes in the pension system. “It goes without saying that it is not true that the reform is only to combat privileges, it is to make tax adjustment, it calls for sacrifices of middle and low income people. But it is necessary to generate jobs for those who do not have any income, “he said.

On the articulation for the approval of the text, the deputy classified as “awkward” the government’s performance in the Congress. “The government is very unskilled in this deal with Congress. Today, the biggest enemy of reform is the government itself. ”

The reform must still, according to Ramos, undergo blocking attempts by organizations representing public servants. “The size of the reform will be the size of parliament’s ability to withstand the corporate pressures of public servants,” he said.

However, the chair of the committee considers that the removal of some controversial issues will not adversely affect the results of the reform. Ramos mentioned the special retirement for teachers, rural retirement and the Continuous Benefit Benefit (BPC). The benefit is paid to the disabled, with no age limit, and the elderly, from 65 years, for a minimum wage. The benefit is granted to those who are considered in a condition of miserability, with monthly income per capita less than a quarter of the minimum wage.

“With the update the government made that the economy provided with the reform is $ 1.2 trillion. If you take out the BPC, the rural and the teachers, we will still be an economy on the order of $1.1 trillion. This shows that it is possible to carry out a reform protecting the poorest people without losing their fiscal power, “said the deputy.

The text sent by the federal government has already been analyzed by the Chamber’s Constitution and Justice Commission (CCJ), the first step in the process of PEC 6/19. The CCJ approved, on April 23, by a score of 48 votes to 18, the text of the Rapporteur Delegate Marcelo Freitas for the admissibility of the proposal of the pension reform.

In the special committee the merit of the proposition will be examined. The collegiate will have the term of up to 40 sessions of the plenary, counted from its formation, to approve an opinion. The commission was installed on April 25 and had the first ordinary meeting last Tuesday (7), Marcelo Ramos said he intends to hold 11 public hearings until the end of May with about 60 guests to discuss the topic.

Only in the special committee can amendments be submitted, with a minimum of 171 signatures of deputies each, within ten plenary sessions. The rapporteur of PEC 6/19 is under the responsibility of Representative Samuel Moreira. To be approved in the collegiate, the proposal needs at least 25 favorable votes.

After the publication of the opinion of the special committee and the interval of two sessions, the proposal will be included in the agenda of the plenary of the Chamber, where it will be submitted to two rounds of discussion and voting.

Between the two shifts, there is an interval of five plenary sessions. To be approved, the proposal must have, in both rounds, three fifths of the votes of the MEPs – 308 by a roll-call vote. Then the text goes to the Senate where it will be submitted to a new procedure.