Brazil’s Congress has approved an overhaul to its pension system, capping years of stalled efforts to rein in unsustainable government spending on retirement.
The Senate voted 60-19 Tuesday to approve changes for civil servants and private-sector workers.
The most meaningful change sets a minimum retirement age of 65 for men and 62 for women. That’s up from averages of 56 and 53, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The overhaul takes aim at a swelling deficit in Brazil’s pension system, which a research firm says accounts for some 40% of total federal spending.
That load has grown along with life expectancy, and an analyst says Brazil will save about $190 billion over the next decade as a result of the reform.