Gross, not net: liberal party leader contradicts pension reform numbers
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Gross, not net: liberal party leader contradicts pension reform numbers

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Minimum pensions will be raised to €1,580 gross in the next four years, said francophone liberal president Georges-Louis Bouchez on Thursday, contradicting earlier talk of a net amount by socialists.

This minimum amount of €1,580 gross would apply for full careers, and would be in force by the end of the new government in 2024, Bouchez told francophone radio La Première.

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Raising the pension to €1,500 net would have cost €3.6 billion in new spending alone, he said. However, the envelope planned for all the new policies of the new government will be €3.3 billion, he noted.

Setting minimum pensions at €1,500 net is a “political objective” of certain government partners, Bouchez said, but will not happen in the new government.

The Brussels Times