EFKA over worst, says fund head

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

The head of the Sin­gle So­cial Se­cu­rity En­tity (EFKA), Thanas­sis Bakalexis, has told Kathimerini in an in­ter­view that he be­lieves the or­ga­ni­za­tion is on the right track af­ter en­coun­ter­ing se­ri­ous prob­lems when it went into op­er­a­tion at the be­gin­ning of this year fol­low­ing the merger of sev­eral other funds. “In the first months there were a number of prob­lems with our records, which was caused by the [poor] qual­ity of records from the funds that were merged,” he said, adding that 29 mil­lion doc­u­ments had to be pro­cessed by EFKA. “Ev­ery day that passes, the qual­ity of in­for­ma­tion is im­prov­ing, and in the near fu­ture the prob­lems will be lim­ited.” Bakalexis likened the set­ting up of EFKA to the cre­ation of Greece’s na­tional health­care sys­tem. “A year ago, the idea of one fund for ev­ery­one was a chal­lenge, but to­day it is a re­al­ity,” he said. Bakalexis in­sisted that there is no ques­tion of any EFKA staff be­ing sur­plus to re­quire­ments af­ter the merger of the pre­vi­ous fund. The EFKA head noted that the number of peo­ple work­ing for funds fell from 12,104 in 2010 to 8,322 cur­rently. Bakalexis also pledged that ef­forts to root out cor­rup­tion would con­tinue. He said that re­cent in­spec­tions at three of­fices of IKA, pre­vi­ously Greece’s largest so­cial se­cu­rity fund, in Ae­ga­leo, Pa­tra and Vo­los led to the dis­cov­ery that

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