By S. Papapetros
The latest pre-election "flare" fired by the Tsipras government came on Tuesday with an announcement by the country's social security umbrella fund (EFKA) leaving open the possibility of early retirement for certain self-employed professionals.
Specifically, beneficiaries who had accumulated the necessary contributions - based on work stamps purchased and age limits by 2012 are not subject to subsequent pension reforms which raised retirement ages.
The decision by EFKA, contained in a circular, means that eligible beneficiaries have the opportunity to retire at the age of 60, and not 62 (early retirement) or 67.
The measure affects beneficiaries that were insured with the previous OAEE fund, which merged with EFKA.