OPINION

Pension reform proposals sought

The report by a committee of experts on social security reform, published today, describes a situation which is going from bad to worse, both for pension funds and insured citizens. The proposals set out in the report are not set in stone. They can be amended, as long as somebody can come up with some better suggestions. This means that everyone should join the debate and examine the problem in depth. Workers expect elected politicians and trade unionists to show the responsibility demanded by such a crucial issue. What is really needed is honesty, chiefly toward the younger generations, for it is they who will have to pay for the years of delays in tackling the problem. Unfortunately, even if there were no income tax evasion and all pension funds were rolled into one, the constantly worsening demographic problem is creating ever-tougher conditions for a viable social security system. In view of this all sides, including the government, should set out their proposals. They owe it to Greek citizens; we owe it to our children.