€ 31.4 billion support for employment and businesses affected by the pandemic

“The evolution of the pandemic proved to be a race of endurance, not speed.” This was stressed by the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Panos Tsakloglou, during his speech in Parliament and as he characteristically pointed out, “the government from the very beginning showed its determination and political will to provide multilateral support to the affected companies and, obviously of the workers in them “.

According to the data presented by Mr. Tsakloglou, “a total of 62 categories of measures have been taken since the beginning of the pandemic, with a total value of 31.4 billion euros. Of these, 24 billion relate to 2020 (ie about 15% of GDP) and 7.5 billion – which if necessary can be increased – are expected to affect the fiscal result of 2021. And all this despite the constraints that imposed by the extremely high debt / GDP ratio of our country “.

According to the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, one of the main goals of the measures taken was to try not to significantly increase unemployment. As Mr. Tsakloglou pointed out, the measures taken by the government had positive results, as, “EUROSTAT comparative studies show that for the period from the outbreak of the pandemic to October 2020, the increase in unemployment in Greece was the second lowest in all over the EU after Italy “.

Public supplementary pensions with a capitalization system

“At the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs we are preparing a reform that will radically change the insurance system of young people”, Mr. Tsakloglou underlined, emphasizing that “from a public distribution system of auxiliary insurance we are moving to a public capitalization system of auxiliary insurance”.

Referring to the bill on supplementary insurance, the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs stated, among other things, that “supplementary insurance was, is and remains with the reform the second part of compulsory social security of the first pillar of the insurance system, as explicitly defined by the Constitution us”.

“This reform is necessary for four main reasons:

A) By adding a capitalization pillar to the ancillary insurance, a diversification of the demographic risk is achieved and a reduction of the consequences of the aging of the population is achieved.

B) With the proposed reform, a significant part of the contributions of the insured of the new system will be invested in the Greek economy, resulting in higher growth.

C) With the new system we ensure higher pensions for future retirees.

D) We regain the shaken confidence of young people in social security, offering strong disincentives for their participation in uninsured economic activities.

“The pensions of the existing system are not affected at all and will continue to be calculated as they are today.”

“Occupational disease” Covid-19

Regarding the characterization of Covid-19 as an “occupational disease”, Mr. Tsakloglou pointed out the following:

“Already in our country the coronavirus is recognized as a risk factor for the health and safety of workers.”

“We are working with the Ministry of Labor on the prospect of amending Presidential Decree 41/2012 which contains the National Catalog of Occupational Diseases, in order to register the disease caused by the SARS virus (coronavirus).”

“There must be valves so that COVID-19 infection is related to the patient’s workplace and not to his wider social activity.”

BAE is distinct from the issue of recognizing Covid-19 disease as an occupational disease

“The issue of joining the BAE should be addressed taking into account all its dimensions”, stressed Mr. Tsakloglou, characteristically pointing out that: “the requests for integration – especially the health ones – are constant and are now coming to the fore because of the pandemic. “BAE is a permanent measure, but the pandemic is an emergency. In addition, it is not the exposure of all healthcare professionals to the risk of disease.”

The issue of BAE is distinct from the issue of recognition of Covid-19 disease as an occupational disease, said Mr. Tsakloglou, noting the following:

“While BAE entitles to early retirement, the designation of Covid-19 as an occupational disease creates obligations to the employer: to take hygiene measures, to inform the public authorities in case of cases, and a number of other obligations that cover every aspect of it. and without any burden on employees. There should be uniform rules between the Public and Private sectors.

Both the budgetary implications of joining the BAE and the implications for the organization and staffing of the NSS should be taken into account. “Our Ministry and the relevant Ministries of Finance and Health are examining these dimensions as well.”

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