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A New Model for the Greek Labour Market

Hosted by The Hellenic Observatory

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House


Effie Achtsioglou

Effie Achtsioglou

Minister of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity


Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis

Associate Professor in Political Economy, European Institute, LSE

Effie Achtsioglou, Greek Minister of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity focused on the country’s state of play and the government’s strategy towards sustainable and fair growth.

The Minister highlighted the importance of the steps taken towards regulating the greek labour market and she presented the specific policies implemented from the current government, with a focus on the policies that have produced notable results on tackling unemployment and undeclared work, the increase of the minimum wage and the restoration of the principles of collective bargaining.

Effie Achtsioglou (@E_Achtsioglou) is Minister of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity since November 5th 2016. She is a lawyer and holds a Phd in European Labour Law and a Master’s degree in Public Law and Political Science. Effie Achtsioglou has been Head of the Minister’s Cabinet, at the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity and she was the Ministry’s chief negotiator in charge of the negotiations of the Greek Government with the Institutions (EC, ECB, IMF, ESM) on labour market and social security issues. She was also a member of the Management Board of the Greek Public Employment Service and member of the Greek Supreme Labour Council. She has been Head of the Alternate Minister’s Cabinet, at the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction (2015) and Accredited Parliamentary Assistant at the European Parliament (2014). She has also been Assistant to the Department of Civil Law, Civil Procedural Law and Labour Law at the Faculty of Law in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2009-2013) and research associate at the Greek Centre of International and European Economic Law (2009). She has given numerous lectures on employment relations and she publishes regularly in Greek and European legal reviews.

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis is an Associate Professor in Political Economy at the European Institute, LSE. He is an economist and economic geographer by training. He holds a PhD in Economic Geography (2002, London School of Economics, UK) an MSc in Economics (1996, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece) and a BSc in Economics (1994, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece). Before joining the European Institute in 2004 he was Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has previously worked as Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and the University of Reading and as a Course Lecturer in the Department of Geography at LSE.

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