The joint ministerial decisions are ready to unlock until mid-December the return of retroactive agents to active and retired enthusiasts, academics, NHS doctors, judges, and members of the State Orchestras and the Opera House.
Decisions are expected to be issued within the week, and the time for lump sum payments to beneficiaries will start running immediately. It is estimated that by mid-December current wage-earners will have seen in their bank accounts retrospective payments for their salary cuts.
The ministerial decisions will determine the refund procedure, while it will be clear that there is no question of offsetting the amounts with any debts of the beneficiaries to the Tax Office.
Information indicates that civil servants and pensioners will receive the retroactive payments in full as no overdue or settled debts to the State (eg ENPHY, INCOME TAX) will be offset.
This is because, as they say in the "NEW" competent sources, retrospectively repaid by the State Treasury of the State concern salary differences, not tax amounts returned by the Independent Public Revenue Authority, which are offset against any overdue debts of the beneficiaries.
According to the same sources, the only instance of a retroactive beneficiary seeing the amount entitled to his bank account reduced is that the Tax Office has blocked his account for overdue debts and that a seizure order has been given. In this case, once deposited retrospectively, the bank will proceed to the seizure of the amount corresponding to the arrears due to remit it to the State. Thus, for example, if an attachment order of EUR 2,000 has been given and the retroactive amount is EUR 6,000, the amount of EUR 4,000 will be retained in the account of the recourse holder as the balance will be directed to the Tax Office.
The total cost of retroactive reimbursement to retired and retired special wages amounts to € 1.4 billion. However, the fact that in the pockets of the beneficiaries will reach the amount of 820 million euro means that the tax office will also play a part in this haircut, as these amounts will be charged in principle with a 20% deduction. The gross amounts received by the beneficiaries will start at 1,400 and will even exceed 21,000 euros.
For example, the gross amounts to which a NHS physician manager with 27 years of service in the Healthcare system is entitled to receive is 21,843.56 euros, while the gross sums to be returned to a unmarried police deputy with 28 years of service, promoted to the rank of Brigadier , amount to € 11,713 and cover the period from 1-8-2012 to 31-12-2016.
High sums of retrospective are also due to the musicians of the State Orchestra of Athens, Thessaloniki and the National Opera. Although the coverage time (1-1-2015 to 31-12-2016) is lower than the rest of the sectors, the returns for a musician with 21 years of service are 11,109.95 euros. A deputy professor with 23 years of service is entitled to EUR 10,333 and a captain with 13 years of service in the Armed Forces is entitled to a gross replacement amount of 4,532.56 euros.
Which periods relate to the amounts
The period for which the amounts will be paid varies according to the beneficiary sector.
1. Installs. Executives of the Armed Forces and the Greek Police, the Fire Brigade and the Coast Guard – Greek Coast Guard are paid a lump sum corresponding to the difference between the monthly salaries they would be entitled to receive on the basis of the wage- provisions and the monthly earnings actually paid for the period from 1-8-2012 to 31-12-2016.
2. Doctors of the NHS. For NHS doctors, NHS Public Health Doctors, auxiliary doctors and physicians, a lump sum payment calculated from 13-11-2014 to 31-12-2016, except for the on-call allowance. Doctors will share 140m euros net (190 gross). This means that a NHS manager, depending on the other benefits and the place where he serves, will receive net from 11,500 to 12,000 euros.
3. Universities. The members of the Teaching Staff, the Special Educational Personnel and the Laboratory Teaching Staff of the Universities and TEIs, the Teaching Staff and the Laboratory Teaching Staff of the Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, members of the Teaching Staff and of the Special and Laboratory Teaching Staff of the Higher Military Educational Institutions, to the members of the Teaching and Special Teaching Staff of the Higher Ecclesiastical Academies (a) 258) and the research centers of the Academy of Athens and the Institute of Biomedical Research of the Academy of Athens are paid at a lump sum money for the period from 1-1-2015 to 31-12-2016.
4. Members of the permanent artistic staff of the State Orchestra of Athens and Thessaloniki and the Orchestra of the National Opera. A lump sum payment is payable for the period from 1-1-2015 to 31-12-2016.
5. Judicial officers – members of the main PWC staff. A one-off amount is paid for the period from 1-8-2012 until 30-6-2014.
What is it for pensioners?
For pensioners, the amendment provides for the lump-sum payment of back-payments for periods equivalent to those provided for those in active employment. That is, they retroactively cover:
– the period from 1-8-2012 to 31-12-2016 for the retired
– for the period from 1-1-2015 to 31-12-2016 for retired academics, TEI teachers, researchers and musicians of state orchestras
– the period from 13-11-2014 to 31-12-2016 for retired doctors of the NHS
– the period from 1-8-2012 to 30-6-2014 for retired judges and pensioners of PWC.