Review: Those who earned pensionable income from time spent in EEA countries but had pensions cut in 2014

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Several disabled and old-age pensioners who earned their pensionable income from time spent in other EEA countries lost part of their pensions in 2014. Now the practice will be evaluated, writes Dagbladet.

According to the newspaper, a total of 108 people were deprived of a large part of their pension following a reinterpretation of the law initiated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

The money in question was paid up to 2014 as a guaranteed supplement based on an EU regulation. The supplement ensured that disabled and old-age pensioners with earning time from other EEA countries received payments on a par with the Norwegian minimum pension.

Due to a judgment from the EU Court of 2017, the Ministry is now considering whether the practice should be changed, writes Dagbladet.

“We are currently considering how the verdict should be followed up in Norway,” the ministry wrote in an email to the newspaper.

The Ministry stated in 2013 they concluded that there was no obligation to give the supplement in question and that the practice was therefore changed.

According to a tentative estimate from Nav, the agency has failed to pay around 25 million kroner as a result of the new interpretation.

Nav said that they follow instructions from the Ministry and their view is that “the verdict does not change the basis for the guarantee supplement being discontinued in the form it was before 2014.”.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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