EFKA gets off to prob­lem­atic start

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ROULA SALOUROU

The new Sin­gle So­cial Se­cu­rity En­tity (EFKA) has started op­er­at­ing even though var­i­ous is­sues are still out­stand­ing and with deficits that add up to more than 1 bil­lion eu­ros, as the fund that has ab­sorbed all so­cial se­cu­rity funds has not only been be­queathed 4.2 mil­lion worker-mem­bers and 2.6 mil­lion pen­sion­ers, but also the prob­lems and the ob­sta­cles of the past.

La­bor and So­cial Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Effie Acht­sioglou promised yes­ter­day that some of the nu­mer­ous and tough prob­lems, such as the de­lays in the is­sue of ex­plana­tory cir­cu­lars for var­i­ous em­ployee cases, will be tack­led in the com­ing days.

Other mat­ters, such as the com­ple­tion of EFKA’s or­ga­ni­za­tional chart and the is­sue of a pres­i­den­tial de­cree re­gard­ing the sin­gle reg­u­la­tion on ben­e­fits, will ap­par­ently be de­layed fur­ther. Un­til then, all the of­fices of the so­cial se­cu­rity funds to be abol­ished (IKA, OAEE, NAT etc) will con­tinue to op­er­ate, but un­der the EFKA logo.

Acht­sioglou and her deputy, Ta­sos Petropou­los, told a press con­fer­ence that all out­stand­ing pen­sions from pre­vi­ous years will have been is­sued by the end of 2017, and that from now on, the is­sue of new pen­sions will take place within three months of re­tire­ment.

La­bor and So­cial Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Effie Acht­sioglou promised pend­ing pen­sions will be is­sued by end-2017.

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