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Tough Pressures in Social Security System

The European Union described the content of Troika’s letter to Athens as proposals and not new measures. The actuarial study on the social security system is expected to be released on Friday. The Prime-minister described the present social security system as “unfair and non integral”, particularly emphasizing corruption and wastes in its operation. The Finance Ministry is to announce equal retirement age for both men and women in the public sector. In the meantime the two large unions GSEE and ADEDY meet on Thursday to decide on new mobilizations in protest against reforms in the Social Security system and labour relations.
Meetings with Observers
Observers from Brussels are to meet with Employment Minister A. Loberdos to discuss their terms in order to approve reforms in the social security system.
Mr. Loverdos is expected to hand to the EU observers the actuarial studies drawn by the Employment Ministry competent services.
Reports say that actuarial studies reconfirm that the measures taken by the Employment ministry lead to surplus operation of IKA and OAEE funds.
The Employment Minister believes to overcome the EU delegates objections, who insist on full implementation of memorandum that requests retirement at 65yo or 60yo but after 40 years work.
First contacts, however, indicate that the government has made specific commitments in the memorandum and Troika does not seem likely to agree to any compromises. Furthermore 40 year of work is provided in other countries but years of studies are counted in.
Therefore, the Employment Ministry is examining to include military service , unemployment, pregnancy leave, tertiary education studies and successive insurance in the 40 year work.
Other issues such as widows’ pensions, benefits to single daughters are subject of negotiations.
Addressing the Ministers’ Council on Wednesday, the Prime-minister referred to the Social Security system: ” It is a social security system with weaknesses and problems. But we had not an overdeveloped system of social state. The opposite, we have an unfair and non integral social security system, with high cost for families, insurance, education, health and certainly a system with big corruption and waste of tax payers money”.
Commenting, ND leader A. Samaras spoke of communication bluffs while GCP general secretary A. Papariga said that the government repeated the content of the memorandum.

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