OPINION

Turning over new social security leaf

The government took the plunge – it decided to deal with the social security issue rather than bequeath it to the next generation and subsequent administrations. Despite the virulent reaction of a handful of groups, the «mild, modest and socially just» – as the prime minister called them – changes will go ahead. To tame the chaos of having 155 social security foundations, more than a thousand laws and presidential decrees will be reined in and replaced by a system of 13 foundations, which will allow the government to combat many of the flaws in the current system. Thus, red tape and the resulting expenses can be reduced, it will become easier to spot benefit and tax dodgers and the inequities in worker contributions and pensions can be evened out. The administrative reform of the social security system is long overdue. Fear of the political cost of the changes, shared by every administration, has provided a breeding ground for all sorts of absurdities. With the new law, privileges for the minority will be wiped out to the benefit of the majority and of the country as a whole.