ECONOMY

Some 10,500 to work for community service programs

More than 10,500 people will be recruited in the coming weeks to work with nonprofit organizations under short-term contracts, Greece’s labor ministry announced Thursday.

Staff will be posted at one of 131 local government agencies across the Attica region that cooperate with a wide range of nonprofit groups for the implementation of community service programs.

The non-governmental organizations have been selected by the ministry’s General Secretariat for the Management of European funds.

Candidates for the job must be unemployed at the time of the application. Farmers insured with the OGA pension fund, who are not entitled to an unemployment allowance and who declared up to 10,500 euros in income in 2010, also have a right to apply.

The evaluation and selection of candidates will be overseen by the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP). Successful candidates will be employed on five-month contracts and receive 625 euros per month in community service payments.

The budget for the community service programs — such as park maintenance, reforestation projects, protection of cultural heritage sites, and elderly care — is estimated at 34 million euros.