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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Economic, social and systemic context of social welfare reforms in Greece

This chapter presents the economic, social and systemic context for the reform of Greek social insurance and welfare programmes. It starts with a review of the fiscal and economic situation, including fiscal consolidation objectives and the share of social programmes in government expenditure. It then presents data on trends in social expenditure and international comparisons. It goes on to consider trends in the poverty rate. The chapter concludes with a strategic review of the current system and a strategy for social protection, and the weaknesses that need to be addressed.


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