Greece Cancels Pension Cuts

Greek lawmakers have voted to cancel a major round of pension cuts which were to take effect on January 1, following a fast-track debate procedure in parliament.

Lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament voted unanimously late on Tuesday in favour of cancelling the cuts that would have been worth around 1 per cent of Greece’s annual GDP.

The measures would have seen 1.4 million of Greece’s 2.6 million pensioners suffer monthly losses of at least 14 per cent, according to European Commission estimates.

Greece’s third and final international bailout program ended in August, but the country pledged to continue imposing stringent fiscal policies for years to come in return for lenders’ promise to ease repayment terms on existing loans.

Bailout lenders recently agreed the cuts were no longer necessary for a balanced budget.

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