Reuters: Poland should not cut retirement age

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis addresses a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 15, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

(Reuters) – Poland should not lower its retirement age as this would negatively affect the pension system and the labor market, European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis was quoted as saying on Friday.

Poland’s new government, the socially conservative and economically populist Law and Justice party (PiS), wants to lower the retirement age to 60 for women and 65 for men. The previous economically liberal government had decided in 2012 to gradually raise it to 67 for both men and women.

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