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1 Tallinn, September 6-7 th 2007 Seminar of Private Pension Provision Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labour and Social Policy TRANSITION COSTS and their impact on adequacy Dragomir Draganov Senior expert Ministry of Labour and Social Policies Republic of Bulgaria

2 Tallinn, September 6-7 th 2007 Seminar of Private Pension Provision Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labour and Social Policy CONTENTS 1.Bulgarian pension reform – main outcomes 2.Post-reform adequacy 3.Transition costs – definition and measurement 4.Measures for smoothing the transition costs and their impact on adequacy 5.Future developments 6.Conclusions

3 Tallinn, September 6-7 th 2007 Seminar of Private Pension Provision Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Bulgarian pension reform Introducing a new multi-pillar pension legislation Decreasing the contribution rate Rising the retirement age and introduction of new eligibility conditions Introducing a new pension formula and a new indexation mechanism Disallowing the early retirement

4 Tallinn, September 6-7 th 2007 Seminar of Private Pension Provision Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Post-reform adequacy

5 Tallinn, September 6-7 th 2007 Seminar of Private Pension Provision Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Transition costs – definition Two problems: –Conceptual: ill-defined notion –Country specific: post-reform parametric reforms “Pure” transition costs = the sum of diverted employee’s contributions = the government compensations

6 Tallinn, September 6-7 th 2007 Seminar of Private Pension Provision Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Transition costs - measurement

7 Tallinn, September 6-7 th 2007 Seminar of Private Pension Provision Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Measures for smoothing the transition costs Indexation of pensions: –Index 2000 = inflation (75 %) + average contributory income increase (25 %) –Index 2007 = inflation (50 %) + average contributory income increase (50 %) Pension calculation – reduction of pensions of those insured in the private mandatory system State subsidies Minimum and maximum pension amounts

8 Tallinn, September 6-7 th 2007 Seminar of Private Pension Provision Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Measures for… and their impact on adequacy (1)

9 Tallinn, September 6-7 th 2007 Seminar of Private Pension Provision Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Measures for… and their impact on adequacy (2)

10 Tallinn, September 6-7 th 2007 Seminar of Private Pension Provision Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Measures for… and their impact on adequacy (3)

11 Tallinn, September 6-7 th 2007 Seminar of Private Pension Provision Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Future developments (1)

12 Tallinn, September 6-7 th 2007 Seminar of Private Pension Provision Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labour and Social Policy CONCLUSIONS Transition costs are not so high in comparison with the other public pension system liabilities Current taxpayers (state subsidies) and current pensioners (indexation) will cover the transition costs Reforms have had a positive impact of current adequacy of public pensions but… will have a negative impact on their future adequacy The general question is: “Would private pension system be able to compensate it?”

13 Tallinn, September 6-7 th 2007 Seminar of Private Pension Provision Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Thank you for your attention! Dragomir Draganov Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labour and Social Policy


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