Foreign Ministry Budget Stretched Thinner


Published: August 10, 2005
By ARCA STAFF

BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 10 - The Supreme Court of Argentina ruled yesterday that former diplomats are entitled to a pension equal to 82% of the salary received at their last posting. The decision, which is likely to strain the Foreign Ministry's coffers even further, will benefit pensioners who were previously unable to collect this pension. The state pension fund, ANSeS, will be responsible for disbursing the pension, but the Foreign Ministry is responsible for finding the money to cover these pensions.


The Foreign Ministry has been accused of having a funding crisis in recent years. Some embassy staff abroad (especially in European Union countries such as the United Kingdom and Belgium) have been known to spend up to eight years in a single post, with the Foreign Ministry unable to make the necessary expenditures to change their posting or bring them home.


Whether this funding crisis will affect embassy or consular services is not yet known. Nevertheless, it would be wise for potential visa applicants to apply early in anticipation of possible delays as the Foreign Ministry makes the necessary cuts to provide this court-ordered pensions.

 
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