Some 1,500 pre-1989 officials to have their pensions cut

Some 1,500 prominent figures in the pre-1989 Communist regime will soon have their old-age pensions cut, under an amendment to the Pension Insurance Act, which came into force at the beginning of 2024.

The list of those concerned, which was created by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, was handed over to social welfare administrations on Wednesday.

The names include, for instance, former members of the central committee of the Communist Party, chairs of parliamentary and national committees, general and chief military prosecutors, selected soldiers and high-ranking police officers, as well as top members of the People’s Militia and border guards.

Under the new legislation, pensions higher than CZK 18,674 will be reduced by CZK 300 for each year in office.

Author: Ruth Fraňková