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Greece: Reform of Social Welfare Programmes

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This review provides an analytical perspective of the current situation, including the construction of a database, in order to help the Greek government define reforms to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and fairness of selected social programmes. The review identifies gaps and overlaps in social protection, and highlights areas where there is room for significant efficiency gains, in order to support informed and concrete decisions by the Greek government on where budgetary savings can most appropriately be made, taking into account the balance between societal groups and the need to maintain social cohesion.

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Design and implementation of means testing for social protection

This annex assesses the benefits and disadvantages of means testing social protection programmes. It also sets out the key considerations to guide the design of a new system. For this, it draws on data and information on unemployment assistance and employment-conditional benefits collected by the OECD for the OECD Indicators of Benefits and Wages, as well as evaluations of means-tested programme implementation conducted by OECD member countries. It also highlights sources of additional information and analysis. Transition issues (transition costs, how long it would take to move to this new approach, and the financial and other possible consequences of such a move) are not addressed, but would also need to be taken into account.

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