Adjustments to unemployment benefits | eKathimerini.com
According to the new bill of the Ministry of Labor revamping the Labor Organization (OAED) which will be renamed Public Employment Agency (DYPA).
The bill also provides for an increase both in the amount of long-term unemployment benefit and to around 10,500 recipients. The two pilot projects, on salary-based unemployment benefit and long-term unemployment benefit, will be financed by the Next Generation EU (NGEU) fund with €100 million.
The bill, released Friday, outlines such pilot programs that require a change in how regular and long-term unemployment benefits and various allowances are paid, as well as in the specific terms of their payment.
As the head of the OAED, Spyros Protopsaltis, notes in his comments to Kathimerini, the aim is to extend the safety net for the unemployed and distribute benefits in a more equitable and results-oriented way, while strengthening the effectiveness of support policies for job seekers.
According to the NGEU-funded “Greece 2.0” National Plan for Recovery and Resilience, the Greek government has made a commitment to the European Union to implement these programs, while the proposal for increased allocations unemployment associated with the last salary of the unemployed and evolving without falling below the current level of 400 € per month, is part of the proposals of the Pissarides Committee of government advisers.
Today, the vast majority of unemployed people receive the same fixed amount, set at 55% of the formal minimum wage (€726), regardless of the salary they received and the duration of their work before losing their job.
If the initial proposal is adopted and implemented at national level, those who receive low wages when working will continue to receive €400 per month when unemployed, while those who benefited from higher wages could receive a maximum of €800.