Gov't accelerates pension scheme for seamen

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The government proposed the introduction of an accelerated retirement scheme for seamen whereby 12 months spent aboard ship will be treated as 15 months in service.

The amendments adopted by the government would enable seafarers to go into old-age pension at the age of 60 with at least 15 years going to sea.

These proposed changes to the maritime code are along the lines of Croatian seamen's request. There are 13,000 Croatian seamen on international shipping lines, and 4,000 working in Croatia, Kosor said.

The government set up a task force to consider proposals by Homeland Defence War veterans about possibilities for adopting a constitutional law protecting their rights.