The pension age in Ukraine will be raised, but gradually and will be carried out by two ways. The first is gradual leveling of male and female pension age. The Labor and Social Policy Ministry proposes to rise the pension age for women since 2012 and till 2021, UKRINFORM reports with reference to the ministry press service.

In 2012, it is envisaged to start rising the pension age for women through its annual increase by 6 months till it reaches 60 years. For instance, in 2012, the pension age for women will make up 55 years and 6 months, in 2013 - 56 years, etc. Therefore, in 2012, the pension age for women will reach 60 years.

The second trend of the pension reform will touch on those who will enter the second level of the accumulation pension system for the date of introduction of the second level (till the end of 2012). Those citizens will become pensioners at 65 years. But this will only concern persons who are less than 35 years now. Since by calculations of specialists, building up the accumulation system of the second level will require 30 years.

The government hopes that thanks to carrying out reforms the population's living standard will grow, and respectively the lifetime. And then a process of rising the pension age will be perceived as the regular and necessary fact.

In 2009, in Ukraine women's average lifetime made up 74 years, men - 62.3 years.

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