Crisis: Greece, pension delays due to retirements, minister

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, OCTOBER 23 - Greek Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis on Tuesday attributed delays in the approval of pension applications to mass retirements of civil servants and the subsequent staff shortages in the country's public administration. In comments to Skai TV, as Kathimerini online reports, Vroutsis noted that in September more than 85,000 applications had been pending for main pensions and more than 71,000 for auxiliary pensions. Meanwhile the civil servant' pension fund reportedly has more than 56,000 pension applications pending. He noted that the average waiting period for the processing of a pension application is 11 months in Attica and 10 months elsewhere in Greece. "The applications for retirement are constantly growing due to the change in legislation," he said. (ANSAmed).

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