Effort to simplify 39,000 pages of social security laws gets underway

The Labor Ministry announced on Monday the launch of an effort to simplify Greece’s social security laws, which stretch to almost 39,000 pages and some of which date back to 1940.

“We said that the country’s social security system is labyrinthine – a mosaic full of special regimes and loopholes – and today that has been confirmed,” said Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis.

He added that collecting the various bits of legislation was the first step in trying to tackle the problem. So far, 5,436 different laws have been discovered, along with some 2,600 court decisions and 26 European or international directives.

Vroutsis said that the simplification process would take 11 months but at the end Greece would have a social security system “built on healthy and strong foundations.”

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