Kouvelis: “Samaras’ homeless initiatives are for electioneering purposes”

The PM’s announcement of a series of initiatives to offer relief to the homeless has been criticized by DIMAR leader Fotis Kouvelis, who argued that…

The PM’s announcement of a series of initiatives to offer relief to the homeless has been criticized by DIMAR leader Fotis Kouvelis, who argued that the measures were “obviously enacted for electioneering purposes” and reveals that the government has a “lack of understanding of the problem at hand”.

The DIMAR leader underlined in his statement that Greece is the only European Union member state that does not have a social housing network, on top not having legislated for a minimum guaranteed income, either on a local or national level.

Mr. Kouvelis stressed that it is essential that the basic needs of the people facing extreme poverty and destitution be covered and that they be offered the necessary support so that they can reintegrate into society and the economy.

The DIMAR leader noted that these services must be funded by European and state funds, while pointing out the need to change policy regarding the relationship between fiscal consolidation and social protection.

Earlier in the day, the coalition government partner PASOK also expressed its frustration with the PM’s initiatives.

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