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Initiative to scrap ex-MPs adjustment pension heading to parliament

11 Jan 2018, 00:30 ( 11 Months ago) | updated: 11 Jan 2018, 13:47 ( 11 Months ago)

Parliament in session.Finnish parliament photo.

A citizens’ initiative aimed at eliminating the “adjustment pension” of former members of parliament has garnered 50,000 signatures, reported the local media outlet MTV news.

The initiative reached the 50,000 signature threshold on Wednesday afternoon.

It collected nearly 19,600 signatures between Monday and Wednesday alone.

Former MPs elected to parliament before 2011 are entitled to adjustment pension if they are not employed in the labour market. The initiative aims to encourage former MPs to seek employment and save the state coffers.

If successful, the law would impact MPs elected to parliament after contesting the 2019 parliamentary elections.

Civic initiatives need to collect at least 50,000 signatures within half a year in order for parliament to put it to discussion.

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