Commission examining obstacles to Greece’s work scheme for jobless families

Commission examining obstacles to Greece’s work scheme for jobless families

 

The European Commission was attempting on Friday to untangle a bureaucratic jumble threatening to scupper the Greek government’s plan to provide, with the help of European Union funds, a short-term work scheme for members of some 400,000 families that do not have a single person in employment.

It emerged on Thursday that the Commission’s director general for employment, Koos Richelle, had informed Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis that Greece would not be able to use cash from its European Social Fund allocation to fund the program as the terms of the scheme were not compatible with the fund’s regulations.

However, it emerged yesterday that Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Commissioner Laszlo Andor had contacted his department’s general directorate to ask for the bureaucratic obstacles to be removed so Greece, where unemployment is currently just over 27.2 percent, can run the program.