No extra help for pensioners, they declare, even though a series of more than ten pension cuts have pushed half of elderly Greek below the poverty line,
The institutions involved in Greece’s aid program have issued a “critical” report assessing whether unilateral measures announced by Athens are compatible with its bailout obligations, a German Finance Ministry spokesman said on Friday.
“The report is preliminary and it is quite critical,” spokesman Dennis Kolberg said, adding that the German government would evaluate the content in detail next week.
Germany had asked the institutions involved in Greece’s aid program on Wednesday to assess whether a planned pre-Christmas payout to poor pensioners was compatible with Greece’s bailout obligations.
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Under Greece’s latest bailout, Athens can spend more on social programs if it exceeds its fiscal targets, provided it consults its creditors first. Earlier this year, Greek lawmakers approved a social justice bill providing health insurance to vulnerable citizens and offering jobs for the unemployed.
But political experts say the bonus was calculated to garner public support ahead of a big showdown with Greece’s emergency lenders, the European Union and International Monetary Fund.
Almost a dozen pension cuts have pushed nearly half of Greece’s elderly to below the poverty line with income of less than 665 euros a month. After rent, utility bills and health care, they barely make ends meet.