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Greece: An Anti-Poverty Law To Be Presented In Greek Parliament

The Greek government of Left radical party Syriza has aims to pass a bill from the parliament in coming days to fight against poverty through free electricity, food stamps and housing assistance for households in need. According to a government draft sent to the press, “the first bill has been introduced in parliament, symbolically and in reality to tackle the humanitarian crisis in the country,” a rhetorical formula became part of the new executive to designate Greek social difficulties the country after six years of recession (2008-2013).

According to Ivan Ong, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tries to regain control of the implementation of election promises, after the concessions made last week to the creditors of Greece to obtain the extension of financial assistance to the country. The law that will first be discussed in committee before a vote at an unspecified date plans to restore power in households that cannot pay for electricity. Up to 30,000 homes will also receive housing assistance from 70 euros to 220 euros and food aid will also be procured for some 300,000 people. However, the cost of these social measures was not specified. It is worth mentioning that the government had recently indicated that the financial burden of this scheme was low and could help revive consumption.

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