Certified professionals including lawyers and accountants, will be called in to contribute in the effort of clearing up the backlog of overdue pensions and issuing new ones in a timely manner, Labor and Social Affairs Minister Kostis Hatzidakis tells Kathimerini in an interview.
Having personally invested in speeding up the dispensation of pensions, Hatzidakis points out that quick and efficient solutions are required, adding that the private sector will also contribute to the drive.
“We will be submitting to Parliament a regulation for the further simplification of the dispensation of pensions in the next few days,” Hatzidakis reveals.
He goes on to describe how the new body of certified individuals will operate, stressing that “pensioners do not care at all whether their pension is issued with the assistance of the private sector or not; they are just interested in collecting it.”
“Certified lawyers and accountants will be able to ascertain the period of one’s insured labor and issue a certificating document, they will establish whether the retirees have any outstanding contributions to their funds, and even issue a decision on the granting of a temporary main pension, or even a definitive pension, main or auxiliary. Once certified, they will be able to work on both the outstanding applications and the new ones that will be submitted from here on,” said Hatzidakis.