Task force at Labor Ministry to speed up the processing of pension applications

A task force led by a project manager is being set up to move through the outstanding bureaucratic delays in pensions, a Labor and Social Affairs Ministry announcement said on Tuesday.

Minister Kostis Hadzidakis will assign to the group the task of proposing to the government administrative and legislative measures to speed up applications leading to a pension, which may currently take over a year to process.

The task force will work closely with the Online National Social Insurance Agency (e-EFKA) and ministries, and may also use the services of the private sector if necessary.

The group is led by economist Michalis Kefalogiannis, with experience in the business and banking sector in Greece and abroad. Members include a law insurance professor, a manager of an academic law laboratory, a former social insurance director at the ministry, and a current director of e-EFKA’s pensions department.