IKA ex­tends dead­line for debtors

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

Greece’s main so­cial se­cu­rity fund, IKA, has given debtors ow­ing more than 5,000 eu­ros to the in­sti­tu­tion and other in­sur­ance funds un­til Septem­ber 30 to set­tle their debts. IKA said that the Cen­ter for the Col­lec­tion of So­cial Se­cu­rity Ar­rears (KEAO) has been given the de­tails of rel­e­vant cases in or­der to cor­rect er­rors made through online pay­ments which could in­ad­ver­tently have caused a user to be black­listed as a bad debtor.

Ac­cord­ing to the man­age­ment of IKA, checks re­vealed a high num­ber of cases of users who had wrongly lost their clean pay­ment records as peo­ple turned to web bank­ing to pay their debts due to the im­po­si­tion of cap­i­tal con­trols. Rec­og­niz­ing the pre­vail­ing dif­fi­cult eco­nomic con­di­tions as well as the un­fa­mil­iar­ity of most bor­row­ers with elec­tronic pay­ment ser­vices, IKA said it is al­low­ing bor­row­ers to keep their pre­vi­ous pay­ment record, pro­vided they set­tle their debts by Septem­ber 30.

Fair play

For rea­sons of fair­ness, the op­tion has been ex­tended to all bor­row­ers who missed a pay­ment in­stall­ment, no mat­ter what the rea­son. No pay­ment cor­rec­tions will be pos­si­ble af­ter the dead­line.

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