ITALY/EUROPE - The European Commission could begin legal proceedings against Italy because of the country's failure to equalise the retirement age of men and women.
Italy had seven months to abide by the ruling but has failed to change the law in time.
Proceedings will now begin with a formal letter from the European Commission censuring the country for the violation. Italy will have 60 days to reply.
In March, prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's government laid out a draft law to increase the retirement age of women from 60 to 65 years old in response to the ruling. (Global Pensions; 04/03/09)
The draft law - which is still under discussion by the parliament - would modify the pension age only of women working for the public sector starting from 2010, when a further year will be added to the pension age for every two years worked. This would equalise the retirement age by 2018.
A spokesperson for the minister of welfare said the minister had no comment for the moment.
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