G. Katrougalos: Pension reform bill will be voted in early February

Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity Minister George Katrougalos said on Thursday the pension reform bill will be voted in early February, as the parliamentary procedure cannot be completed within January.

“We don’t have time for the end of January,” he told journalists at the sidelines of an OECD meeting in Paris. “Because you need to have a discussion; a serious bill like this cannot be submitted [to parliament] with an emergency procedure. We intend to table it in January, so the vote may take place in the first ten days of February,” he added.

Katrougalos also expressed his optimism that the bill will be approved without any problems for the government. “In my opinion, there’s no chance the parliamentary majority will not be solid. On the contrary, we hope we will widen it,” he said.