The Coordination of FBiH veteran associations and unions still do not know when the amendments to the Law on favorable early retirement of the defensive-liberation war will reach the Parliament. In mid-December, military pensioners protested in front of the federal government, when it was agreed that the proposal would follow parliamentary procedure. However, the proposal did not come before the MPs, and the protest in front of the Parliament was canceled. Saban Habibović, the Coordination president, stated that the FBiH government agreed to establish the payment coefficient for military retirees at 1.485 (currently it is at 1.0). That agreement seems to be void, as the government, according to Habibović, at the last meeting suggested the initial coefficient to be 1.16, and to reach 1.485 within the next three years.
“This is unacceptable, belittling, and humiliating. Even if the FBiH Parliament accepts this, we will not give up on our intentions, because this was not our request. These are offers from the government,” said Habibović.
He added that this new suggestion had not yet come before Parliament or the legislative committee.
“I have a feeling it will not be adopted for two reasons. First, parliamentarians will not accept this if they have even the slightest humanity in them, and secondly, if the coefficient goes up, then there will be no funds. So, I'm not very optimistic,” says Habibović.
Military retirees demand their legislation to be returned to earlier acquired rights, which were taken from them and reduced in the law of 2013, which was enacted by the previous government.
Translated by: Tea IVANOVIĆ
(Original version: Vojni penzioneri još čekaju zakon)