Ben­e­fits on ta­ble of talks with cred­i­tors’ tech­ni­cal staff

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ROULA SALOUROU

The first crash test for the third bailout re­view re­gard­ing so­cial se­cu­rity be­gan yes­ter­day, with fam­ily ben­e­fits on the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble from the out­set.

In the first ex­ploratory meet­ing be­tween the cred­i­tors’ tech­ni­cal ex­perts and La­bor Min­istry of­fi­cials, sources say that dis­cus­sions cov­ered all six do­mains which ac­cord­ing to Greece’s bailout com­mit­ments have to be re­struc­tured and ra­tio­nal­ized for the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of the coun­try’s ben­e­fits sys­tem.

The fo­cus of talks was on the very tight timeta­bles set, as up to Novem­ber the govern­ment will have to leg­is­late sev­eral in­ter­ven­tions with tar­geted ben­e­fit re­duc­tions, be­sides the sav­ings of 259 mil­lion eu­ros al­ready passed for the 2017-18 pe­riod.

The big­gest ob­sta­cle for the govern­ment ap­pears to be the re­dis­tri­bu­tion of fam­ily hand­outs, aimed at a fairer sys­tem that would of­fer equal sup­port to ev­ery child.

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