Cabinet meeting on social issues, employment

A wide-ranging Cabinet meeting was convened on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister George Papandreou, as the meeting focused on so-called "social issues", particularly efforts to sustain and boost employment.

Related initiatives, such as continuing adult vocational training and retraining schemes -- as buffers to the spectre of unemployment -- were discussed. In terms of implementation, responsibilities of individual ministries and cooperation amongst ministries was discussed. Priorities were also set.

Several top ministers along with the head of the Social Insurances Foundation (IKA) and the Manpower Employment Organisation (OAED) participated in the meeting.

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