DGAEP Ministry of Finance and Public Administration

Convergent Social Protection Scheme

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

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

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

Contributions

As regards workers' contributions, services that process monthly remunerations 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 remunerations and send them to CGA, together with workers' 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 a contingency are equivalent to the receiving of contributions to Public Service Pension Scheme.

In these situations and as the remuneration is not paid, payment of contributions is not due neither for the worker, 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 contingencies:

  • 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 contingencies:

  • 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 contingencies:

  • 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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