Nursery schools, kindergartens face lack of funding

More than 50,000 children might not be able to attend nursery schools and kindergartens run by local authorities due to a lack of funds, the president of the Confederation of Greek Municipalities (KEDE), Costas Askounis, warned the government on Tuesday.

Askounis said that unless more funds were released by early September, the schools would have to offer a reduced number of places.

Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis responded by pointing out that municipalities have already overspent on European Union-funded programs to boost female entrepreneurship and that this money would have to be recovered.

He invited mayors to talks aimed at discussing the allocation of funding.