Who is covered by the Universal Pension Fund (UPF)?
The Universal Pension Fund is compulsory for employees born after 31 December 1959 who are insured in the Pension Fund, or the Pension Fund for Persons under Article 69, of the State Social Insurance Institution (PSI), with the exception of persons who have opted to change their participation from the Universal Pension Fund to the State Social Insurance Institution.
Contributions to the UPF are built on a capital-based principle. The contribution rate is 5 per cent of the insurance income, divided between the employer (2.8 per cent) and the employee (2.2 per cent). Contributions and the returns on their investment are accumulated in individual accounts of the insured persons.
Insured persons’ rights
The purpose of the supplementary compulsory pension insurance in the Universal Pension Fund is to provide supplementary income by providing a supplementary old-age pension for life upon becoming entitled to a retirement pension from the State Social Insurance.
The insurance in the DallBogg: Life and Health Universal Pension Fund entitles to:
A supplementary old-age lifelong pension – representing a monthly payment of an amount defined in the pension contract, payable to the person from a certain date until the end of his/her life. This amount cannot be less than 15 per cent of the minimum amount of the retirement pension under Article 68, paragraph 1. 1 of the Social Insurance Code (SIC) on the date of its determination.
The pension can be of three types:
- lifelong pension without additional conditions
- lifelong pension with a guaranteed payout period
- lifelong pension involving deferred payment of part of the funds in the account until the insured person reaches a certain age.
Deferred payment of the amount accumulated on the individual account – in case of acquiring the right to a supplementary old-age lifelong pension and when the funds on the individual account of the insured person, including after supplementation in accordance with Article 131, paragraphs 2-5 of the SIC, exceed three times the amount of the minimum retirement pension under Article 68, par. 1 of the SIC, but are insufficient for the granting of a life pension for old age in the minimum amount prescribed by the law.
One-time payment of the amount accumulated in the individual account – in the event of acquiring the right to a supplementary old-age lifelong pension and when the funds in the individual account, including after supplementation in accordance with Article 131, para. 2-5 of the SIC, are less than three times the amount of the minimum retirement pension under Article 68, para. 1 of the SIC.
One-off or deferred payment to the heirs of a deceased insured person and a pensioner.
What does the amount of the supplementary lifelong pension depend on?
The amount of the supplementary old-age lifelong pension is determined by:
- the funds accumulated in the insured person’s individual account after top-up and as needed
- a mortality and life expectancy table published by the National Institute of Statistics
- a technical interest rate approved by the Financial Supervision Commission.
Fees and deductions
In the management of the universal pension fund, the fees and deductions in favour of DallBogg: Life and Health are as follows:
- a deduction of 3.75 per cent from each contribution as it is received into the universal pension fund
- an investment fee calculated on the value of the net assets of the Universal Pension Fund, depending on the period during which they have been managed by the pension insurance company, at the rate of 0.75 per cent per annum
- a fee of BGN 10 for the transfer of the funds in the individual account from DallBogg: Life and Health UPF to the pension schemes of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the European Investment Bank, pursuant to Article 343a(1)(2) and Article 343f of the SIC.
* No amounts are deducted on funds transferred from a UPF managed by another pension insurance company.
Composition of the Board of Trustees of UPF “DallBogg: Life and Health” and Lifelong pensions payment fund “DallBogg: Life and Health”
Address for correspondence: One G.M. Dimitrov Blvd. 1172, Sofia, Tel. + 359 2 4026426, fax: + 359 2 9603703, e-mail: [email protected]
Evgeni Yanev – Chairman, Representative of the CITUB,
Address for correspondence: Sofia,1 “Macedonia” square , floor 6, office 11, tel. +359 2 4010508
Irina Yuliy Abadzieva-Reputs – Deputy Chairman, Representative of the UPEE
Mario Ninov – Representative of CL Podkrepa
Blagorodna Popstojanova – Representative of CL Podkrepa
Krasimir Bogoev – Representative of the CITUB
Blagovesta Dzhabirova – Representative of BCCI
Irina Yordanova-Koleva – Representative of CEIB
Bistra Kovacheva – Representative of BICA
Biser Georgiev Ivanov – Representative of “PAC DallBogg: Life and Health” EAD
CITUB – Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria
UPEE – Union for Private Economic Enterprise
CL Podkrepa – Confederation of Labour Podkrepa
BCCI – Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
CEIB – Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria
BICA – Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association
BIA – Bulgarian Industrial Association
Regulations for the organization and activities of the UPF “DallBogg: Life and Health”
Application for change of participation and transfer of the accumulated amounts on the individual account to another relevant fund for supplementary compulsory pension insurance – UPF
Application for participation in the “DallBogg: Life and Health” UPF
Request for withdrawal of application for change of participation / application for transfer – UPF
Application for resumption of universal pension fund membership
Basic information about the insured persons in the “DallBogg: Life and Health” UPF – initial membership
Basic information for the insured persons in the “DallBogg: Life and Health” UPF – transfer
Basic information for insured persons in the DallBogg: Life and Health UPF – renewal of insurance
Contract for supplementary compulsory pension insurance in “DallBogg: Life and Health” UPF
Contract for deferred payment of funds in the individual account of the “DallBogg: Life and Health” UPF
Contract for deferred payment of funds from the “DallBog: Life and Health” Deferred Payment Fund
Pension contract for the payment of the supplementary old-age pension for life from the “DallBogg: Life and Health” Deferred Payment Fund
Procedure and time limits for receiving, handling and responding to complaints