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Croatia owes 800 million euros to Serbian pensioner and doesn't plan on returning it!

Hina writes that the payment of late pensions from Croatia was requested through the ILO by some 22,000 pensioners from the territory of the former SAO Krajina, which, it is presumed, is about 800 million euros

The International Labor Organization (ILO) considers that Croatia is not obliged to pay pensions for the period from the beginning of the war until 1998 to pensioners, predominantly Serbs from the territory of the former SAO Krajina.

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- It is a recommendation of a tripartite commission unanimously adopted by the ILO Board of Directors, and regarding the request of the Association of Pensioners about matured, but unpaid pensions, - HINA reported, referring to a source from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

According to the Ministry, it is said that the Committee considers the case to be closed and that it was removed from the agenda.

In November 2014, the Association of Pensioners of Serbia from the former territory of the SAO Krajina filed an application to the ILO against Croatia seeking payment of late pensions from the mentioned period, while the official Zagreb announced its position at the end of 2016 in response to the 15 pages of the inter-ministerial working group with the representatives of the Ministry of Labor and the pension system, MVEP, DORH and legal experts.

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- Those who went to Serbia have indemnified Serbia that introduced them into their pension system, and those who remained to live in occupied areas were paid pensions to the end of the payment transactions caused by occupation, and even after that it was tried to pay the pensions through the International Red Cross.

- The ILO accepted the Croatian argument that the termination of the payment was caused by a higher force - said the source of Hina.

- The ILO estimated that Croatia was not responsible for the payment of these pensions, and this is a confirmation of what the Croatian courts and the European Court of Human Rights had in the case of Ljuba Cekic and others against Croatia in 2002, said MVEP.

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Foto - Ilustracija: Pixabay

The ministry again reiterates, which has been confirmed by the ILO, that pensions can not be paid from both funds - the Croatian pension system and the "parafond" of the SAO Krajina. It is also noted that Croatia and Serbia have resolved this issue through a bilateral agreement.

The ILO also considers that certain cases must be resolved before the Croatian national judiciary.

Referring to Serbian sources, Hina writes that the payment of late pensions from Croatia was requested through the ILO by some 22,000 pensioners from the territory of the former SAO Krajina, which, it is presumed, is about 800 million euros.

(Telegraf.co.uk / Tanjug)

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