Debtors race to ap­ply for set­tle­ment

Tax­pay­ers with to­tal debts of over 132 mil­lion euros to so­cial se­cu­rity funds en­ter new pay­ment scheme

Kathimerini English - - Focus - BY ROULA SALOUROU

Those with ex­pired debts to the coun­try’s so­cial se­cu­rity funds are flock­ing to en­ter a new pay­ment plan that al­lows them to set­tle their dues in up to 100 in­stall­ments.

Within just one week debts adding up to 132.17 mil­lion euros have been ar­ranged at the Cen­ter for Col­lec­tion of So­cial Se­cu­rity Ar­rears (KEAO) through the new re­pay­ment pro­gram, which con­sti- tutes a strong ar­gu­ment for the gov­ern­ment in its ne­go­ti­a­tions with its cred­i­tors, who are seek­ing more changes to the set­tle­ment reg­u­la­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to data pre­sented yes­ter­day by La­bor Min­is­ter Yian­nis Vrout­sis re­gard­ing the course of the new debt set­tle­ment scheme at KEAO, 4,979 de­ci­sions have been is­sued in fa­vor of set­tling to­tal debts of 132,176,563.89 euros in up to 100 tranches in the first seven days alone.

The So­cial Se­cu­rity Foun­da­tion (IKA) has is­sued 2,885 de­ci­sions for debts adding up to 108.1 mil­lion euros, the fund of the self-em­ployed (OAEE) has ap­proved 1,688 ap­pli­ca­tions for debts worth 20.7 mil­lion euros, and the farm­ers’ fund (OGA) has is­sued 406 de­ci­sions con­cern­ing debts of 3.4 mil­lion euros.

Vrout­sis de­scribed the flow of ap­pli­ca­tions for the new set­tle­ment pro­gram as en­tirely sat­is­fac­tory, and ex­pressed hope that par- tic­i­pa­tion in the scheme will con­tinue to evolve at the same pos­i­tive and en­cour­ag­ing rate. He re­it­er­ated that the reg­u­la­tion con­sti­tutes “a fi­nal win­dow of op­por­tu­nity for those who re­ally wish to re­turn to the path of so­cial se­cu­rity de­cency.”

In the com­ing days a min­is­te­rial decision will be signed re­gard­ing the pro­ce­dure for re­ward­ing debtors who have en­tered ear­lier pay­ment pro­grams and ad­hered to them, so that they can de­cide whether to stay in their cur­rent scheme or opt for the new one with a greater num­ber of in­stall­ments.

Sources said that the de­lay in the is­su­ing of the decision is due to the fact that elec­tron­i­cally it is dif­fi­cult to re­cal­cu­late the debt to in­clude the re­ward bonus that the law pro­vides for. As a re­sult, the min­istry is con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of re­tain­ing in­stall­ments at their cur­rent level and then de­duct­ing the sum of the dis­count due from the last few tranches.

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