So­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tion cuts in the works

Kathimerini English - - Insurance Special -

The gov­ern­ment is in the fi­nal stage of draft­ing a bill that, sources say, will re­duce the so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions paid by some 250,000 self­em­ployed pro­fes­sion­als, free­lancers and farm­ers. The mea­sure stems from pledges made by Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras at the Thes­sa­loniki In­ter­na­tional Fair in Septem­ber and is part of a list that, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est draft bud­get for 2019, will be ap­plied in the con­text of the sce­nario with­out the pen­sion cuts. Al­though ne­go­ti­a­tions with the coun­try’s cred­i­tors on the is­sue of the planned re­duc­tion of pen­sions are still on­go­ing, the gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to ta­ble the amend­ment for the re­duc­tion of con­tri­bu­tions. In­deed, Deputy Min­is­ter to the Prime Min­is­ter Dim­itris Li­akos said this week that a de­ci­sion to that ef­fect has al­ready been made, be­cause “the new era” al­lows for last­ing in­ter­ven­tions.

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