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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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Update of key recent developments in social welfare reforms in Greece

This annex sets out key legal and other initiatives in Greek social welfare reform as set out to the OECD by the Greek authorities and in the relevant enacted laws, including initiatives since the completion of the OECD analysis and data gathering. The main report evaluates reform issues up until the end of April 2012, and does not evaluate these more recent developments. They are, however, proof of a clear determination on the part of the lead ministry, the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Welfare, to move forward speedily with reforms. The reforms are to achieve savings and raise efficiency, as well as to secure a framework that enables more effective monitoring of benefits.

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