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Retirees in Greece Raise Alarm Over Pension Allocation Errors

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Safak Costu
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Retirees in Greece Raise Alarm Over Pension Allocation Errors

In an unfolding controversy in Greece, retirees have voiced severe concerns over erroneous pension allocations, with a spotlight on fast track pension awards. The United Pensioners Network (EN.DI.SY) has spotlighted significant errors in the majority of these allocations, pressuring the EFKA social security administration to make relevant data available. Pensioner representatives argue that EFKA's assertion of only 12.9% problematic cases grossly understates the extent of the issues.

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Allegations Against EFKA

EN.DI.SY alleges that EFKA has been actively dissuading objections over pension calculations by reminding retirees of the legal allowance for audits of fast track awards within a five-year span. Further, EN.DI.SY has disclosed that modifications to pension applications are feasible, and EFKA's services have detected an alarmingly high error rate—between 70 to 80%—in some branches. This situation impacts both primary and auxiliary pensions, with a looming risk that retirees might have to return erroneously received amounts through the tax system.

Shifts in Agricultural Subsidies

Simultaneously, the article discusses a significant shift in agricultural subsidies. A total of 236 million euros have been transferred from direct aid to the Rural Development Program (RDP), causing changes in uniform support amounts. The Minister of Rural Development, Lefteris Avgenakis, has hinted at imminent alterations to the modification of the CAP folder. This resource transfer is part of a strategic plan to bolster structural programs and amplify funds for measures such as Improvement Plans and New Farmers. The ultimate average value of entitlements will be determined once the activated entitlements for 2023 are accurately tallied for each agronomic region.

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