The amendment of the Ministry of Labor was submitted to the Parliament, according to which “the procedure of prior hearing of the insured will not be followed (article 46 n.2676 / 1999) in the cases of applications for the grant of pension submitted electronically, after identification, on its website Electronic National Social Security Agency (e-Ε.Φ.Κ.Α.) (Article 17 n.4670 / 2020) “.
The amendment is part of the bill of the Ministry of Finance entitled “Incentives for business development, through partnerships and corporate transformations” which is introduced for discussion and voting in the plenary of the Parliament, next Tuesday, May 24, 2022. This regulation will also cover applications which are pending at the time of publication of the draft law under adoption.
The evaluated regulation explicitly abolishes, for the procedures followed in case of electronic submission of the retirement application, the stage of previous hearing, which is provided by article 46 of law 2676/1999.
Article 46 of Law 2676/1999 provides that, when a rejection decision is to be issued on the application for retirement, the insured is invited to submit his views within a month. However, the provision of article 17 of law 4670/2020 provided for a new procedure for electronic submission and processing of retirement applications, which it describes in detail and which does not include such a stage. “The explicit abolition of this procedure is intended to remove any interpretative doubts,” the explanatory memorandum to the amendment said.
According to the same report, the regulation “is expected to contribute to the acceleration of pension award procedures, which in turn will enable the State to reduce its outstanding pension stock and pay a significant part of its outstanding liabilities”.