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The privilege pension is a pension benefit recognised in case of infirmities or injuries resulting from the fulfilment of work obligations.
The privileged pension has been repealed from 6 December 2011 due to the Monti-Fornero Reform (Decree-Law no. 201 of 6 December 2011) for civil servants enrolled in the exclusive social security scheme.
The benefit, however, continues to be recognised, under the conditions established by Law, to the personnel belonging to Armed forces, Arma dei Carabinieri, civil and military Police forces, National Fire Department, as well as personnel assigned to public rescue.
What am I entitled to?
The serviceperson who reports injuries or infirmities attributable to one of the categories in taple A (pdf 60.5KB) attached to Presidential Decree no. 915 of 23 December 1978, et seq. deriving from the fulfilment of service obligations, whether they have been an efficient or decisive cause or contributing cause, are entitled to pension, if the injuries or disabilities are not expected to ameliorate (Article 67, Presidential Decree no. 1092 of 29 December 1973) or to a renewable allowance, if the lesions or infirmities are expected to ameliorate (article 68, Presidential Decree 1092/1973).
If upon expiry of the renewable allowance, the privilege pension or other renewable allowance is not due, the serviceperson who has completed the necessary seniority of service collects the regular pension from the day of expiry of the renewable allowance.
If, on the other hand, the infirmities or injuries fall under table B (pdf 60.5KB) attached to Presidential Decree 915/1978 et seq., the serviceperson is entitled to a one-time allowance commensurate with one or more annuities of the eighth category pension, with a maximum of five annuities, according to the severity of the illness (Article 69, Presidential Decree 1092/1973, and article 4, paragraph 2, Law no. 9 of 26 January 1980).
The holder of a privilege pension, a renewable allowance or a one-off allowance reporting a worsening of illnesses, may claim, at any time, the revision of the relevant provision.
If the worsening is recognised, the new benefit commences on the first day of the month following that of the claim.
The current regulation provides for the right to a privileged pension even if the illness contracted in service does not effect the unfitness for the service. The mechanism currently in force provides that military personnel recognised an illness contracted in service may remain in service and obtain the recognition of a privileged pension upon termination of the employment relationship.
For the right to this type of benefit, the duration of the service is entirely irrelevant, since even a single day of work activity is sufficient, while the size of the pension is determined differently in relation to the category of tables A or B attached to Presidential Decree 915/1978 et seq. to which the reported illnesses are to be ascribed.
The regulations on recognition of a privileged payment envisages the involvement of external institutions. Specifically, the health verifications of the invalidity status of military personnel is assigned to the hospital medical commission, that expresses an opinion on the diagnosis, determines the date and stabilisation of the illness, and the reasons thereof. Assessment of the service-based reasons of the infirmities contracted by the applicant, however, must be recognised by the examination committee for service cases.
How can I claim?
The claim must be submitted to INPS online via the dedicated service.
Alternatively, claims can be submitted:
- by phoning the contact centre at 803 164 (free from Italian landlines) or +06 164 164 from mobile phones;
- via electronic services offered by patronage institutes and intermediaries thereof.