Watchdog sees deepening crisis, cites welfare woes
After eight years of recession and increasing belt-tightening, Greece’s economic meltdown is showing all the signs of a humanitarian crisis, Ombudsman Andreas Pottakis has warned.
In his annual report for 2016, which was submitted to Parliament yesterday, Pottakis said that social welfare services and policies, as well as tax authorities, were at the forefront of his office’s investigations last year.
He said most complaints came from citizens who are unable to meet their basic needs and obligations.
According to the report, social security, zoning and taxation accounted for most complaints: 29.1 percent of administrative complaints were about social security funds and agencies under the purview of the Labor Ministry, 21.2 percent concerned local authorities, 11.9 percent the Ministry of Interior, 11.8 percent the Finance Ministry and 7.8 percent the Education Ministry.