DGAEP Ministry of Finance and Public Administration

Convergent Social Protection Scheme

Public employees' holders of a public employment legal relationship irrespective of the employment relationship, who were affiliated to Public Service Pension Scheme (Caixa Geral de Aposentações - CGA) until 31 December 2005, are covered by the convergent social protection scheme.

Public employer entities and public corporations, inter alia, that employ public employees covered by the convergent social protection scheme are contributors of this scheme.

Protection in the eventualities of disability, old age and death depends on affiliation to the Public Service Pension Scheme. Entitlement to protection in other eventualities depends on the existence of an employment relationship.

Contributions

As regards public employees' contributions, services that process monthly contributions make the relevant deductions over these ones and send them to CGA, to the amount of 11% which is broken down as follows:

  • 8% for retirement pension
  • 3% for survivor's pension

Regarding employer entity's contribution, services apply the following rates over monthly compensations and send them to CGA, together with public employees' contributions to the amount of 15% corresponding:

  • 11,25 to the deduction for retirement pension
  • 3,75 to the deduction for survivor's pension

The periods in which there is no actual performance of work, owing to an eventuality are equivalent to the receiving of contributions to Public Service Pension Scheme.

In these situations and as the compensation is not paid, payment of contributions is not due neither for the public employee, nor for the employer entity. However, these periods are registered for contributory career purposes.

In the convergent social protection scheme there is no payment of contributions for the following eventualities:

  • Illness
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption (parenthood)
  • Unemployment
  • Accidents at work and occupational diseases
Payment of benefits

It is of direct responsibility of public employers, to grant benefits relating to immediate eventualities:

  • Illness
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption (parenthood)
  • Unemployment
  • Accidents at work and occupational diseases
  • Death (relating to death allowance)

It is the responsibility of the Caixa Geral de Aposentações to grant benefits relating to non- immediate eventualities:

  • Disability
  • Old age
  • Death (survivor's pension)
  • Benefits by virtue of permanent disabilities and death resulting from accidents at work and occupational diseases

Note: Death allowance of the pensioner is paid by CGA.

 
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