Poland's far-right Confederation (Konfederacja) party has said that if elected it will stop the additional 13th and 14 monthly retirement pension payments as the money should be inflation-indexed instead.
The cost of the so-called 14th pension, a new permanent allowance for old-age pensioners, will exceed the 2023 plan by EUR 2 billion, the family and social policy minister has said.
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The European Commission (EC) has advised Poland to hasten its fulfillment of the "milestones" set by the Commission to resolve a protracted rule-of-law conflict, and thus gain access to a multi-billion post-pandemic recovery fund.
A discretionary extra pension, called the 14th pension, will be likely paid out to old-age pensioners before the parliamentary elections planned for this autumn, according to the family and social policy minister.
The Polish government has supported changing the discretionary bonus, called the 14th pension, into a permanent allowance for pensioners.