Greece’s backlog of unprocessed pensions is almost cleared

Greece’s backlog of unprocessed pensions is almost cleared

The national social security agency EFKA approved 30,200 pension applications in July, further clearing an accumulated backlog of over a million cases.

At this point, 96% of the applications submitted between 2016 and 2022 have been approved.

However, there still remain 56,000 main pensions to be processed, as well as tens of thousands of auxiliary pensions, lump-sum payments and other, more specific cases.

There are also several appeals procedures, estimated at between 2,000 and 3,000, for those who were awarded a smaller pension than they expected.

According to Labor Ministry data, all backlogs dating from 2016 to 2018 have been cleared, together with 95.2% of applications from 2020, 85.2% from 2021 and 82% from the first five months of 2022.

One benefit of the backlog clearing is that pensioners who were paid a bare minimum while their application was pending will get backdated pay. 

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