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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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Towards more effective system governance in Greece

Preamble: Recent institutional developments have been only briefly referenced in this chapter. See Annex B for an overview of recent developments.

This chapter considers the governance of social welfare in Greece. It starts with an examination of the current central governance structures and ministry responsibilities. It then considers the current structures and governance of social security funds, with reference to information and communication technology (ICT) systems, human resources, control of fraud and the collection of contributions. It also considers the reporting and accounting obligations of social security funds, and the provision of benefits on the ground.

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