Question for written answer E-002286/2019
to the Commission
István Ujhelyi (S&D)
Subject: European minimum pension
Europe has an outstanding level of social equality, but unless the EU’s social pillar is further developed, there will never be a united Europe and wage differences will drive voters towards populist parties. We are currently seeing and experiencing the results of this. According to a survey conducted in Hungary, 71% of voters think that it would be good if the EU also had an impact on social issues, for example if it determined a common minimum wage or a common minimum pension. It is a tragic and shocking fact that a third of the nearly two million pensioners in Hungary currently receive the equivalent of little more than EUR 300 a month. This is less than the minimum subsistence wage.
(1) In the Commission’s view, how can we eliminate the serious social imbalances between the Member States and ensure a dignified and secure retirement for all European citizens?
(2) Does the Commission think we can establish a common European minimum pension system which will provide retirement security for all European citizens?
(3) Does the Commission see the solution in tying the minimum pension to the average wage in the Member States or possibly to the minimum subsistence wage, or in a specific, general minimum pension figure?