Roughly 21,000 pensions paid by the farmers’ state pension and health care fund (OGA) to elderly ethnic Greeks from Albania will be re-examined, after questions have arisen concerning their eligibility, it was announced on Monday.
Responding to a relevant question by opposition Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.O.S) MP Kyriakos Velopoulos, Labour & Social Insurance Minister Giorgos Koutroumanis addressed a document to Parliament, underlining that repatriated ethnic Greeks that are not eligible have been identified as OGA.
He clarified that OGA’s special fund, established for the uninsured elderly in the country, pays out low pensions to Greek nationals and repatriated ethnic Greeks who live in Greece permanently -- and only if they are financially indigent. The latter criteria means that their total income -- including that of their spouse - cannot exceed the monthly pension of 360 euros paid by OGA.
According to the minister, as far as the roughly 21,000 ethnic Greeks from Albania receiving pensions in Greece, crosschecks will be conducted with the Albanian ID card possessed by all Albanian nationals and the Albanian biometric passport.