Financial News: Social policy priorities outlined by labour minister

Labour Minister Louka Katseli on Tuesday addressed the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) two-day ministerial meeting on Social Policy held here and outlined the Greek government’s social policy priorities.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Katseli told reporters that a cooperation agreement will be signed with OECD this week aimed at “reforming our social policy to make it more effective”.

Two OECD services will cooperate with three government ministries in Greece (labour, health, interior) to fully evaluate all social programmes currently implemented in the country in a process that will be completed by the end of 2011.

“Our goal is to create an electronic data base to ensure that benefits will reach those eligible…focusing on those who are most vulnerable,” Katseli stressed. 

The labour ministry priorities outlined by Katseli include the social insurance system reform; labour market flexibility; subsidized employment; measures for young entrepreneurs and setting up a Social Economy Fund.

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