One of the last tweets shared by the economist sparked controversy Carlo Cottarelli, who on social media commented on the upcoming discussion on Quota 100 for pensions. “Today Il Sole 24 ore reminds us that in Japan the effective (non-legal) retirement age is 71 for men and 69 for women. Let’s remember this when we discuss the exit from Quota 100. Let’s think about our young people“, wrote the director of the Observatory on Italian public accounts.
A thought that theoretically, but not in the real world, could also be shared but which, as many point out, loses value for many reasons, first of all the source. In fact, as several users who commented on Carlo Cottarelli’s tweet point out, he has been receiving a respectable pension from the International Monetary Fund since he was 59 years old. In 2014, when he was 59 years old, in a telephone conversation with a journalist from Il Tempo, Carlo Cottarelli did not hide. “Do you receive a pension from the International Monetary Fund and add 11,900 euros net to it per month?“, asked the reporter, referring to the position as Commissioner of expenditure for the Renzi government.
The economist’s response was precise: “Yes, but look, I pay taxes in Italy. […] if I went in pension and had I stayed in the United States, my pension would have been taxed at the 10 percent rate. Instead, I pay everything regularly in Italy“His answer was more evasive when the journalist of Il Tempo asked for the quantification of his pension. Carlo Cottarelli preferred not to answer this question directly, declaring that he would share everything online in a few minutes in compliance with transparency.
What sparked the controversy was the fact that talking about the retirement age, introducing the hypothesis of such high limits, was a retired professional before the age of sixty. “Those with a full stomach do not understand who is hungry. True Cottarelli?“, reads one of the many comments, perhaps the least bitter towards the economist, who in his subsequent tweets preferred not to return to the subject and talk about something else, rather than further fuel a controversy that already in the first minutes was made on fire. The real country, that of the workers, had to say in front of the words of Carlo Cottarelli, as evidenced by a tweet that contains many in its meaning: “To Cottarelli, and to all those who have put the like, I would feel the joy of doing the store at 70 years old“.