Greece PM attends the presentation of a new e-portal for persons with disabilities

Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, attends the launch of a national portal for persons with disabilities, emphasizing the need for simplified processes and improved access to services. The e-portal aims to eliminate multiple visits for disability certification, ensuring efficient assistance with guaranteed funding. Labor and Social Affairs Minister Kostis Chatzidakis highlights the shift to digital assessments, reducing the burden on individuals seeking certification.

During the presentation of the national portal for persons with disabilities and the Centers for Certification of Disabilities (KEPA), Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis while referring to the evaluation system that involves periodic examinations of persons with disabilities, said ‘Why must someone go through repeated examinations for a problem that will accompany them the rest of their lives? Why could we not call on digital technology to simplify the lives of fellow citizens we should care for more than others and prioritize serving them? How is it possible to summon them to a service dedicated to people with disabilities and have these services be inaccessible’? . These e-services will solve the problem of physical access and exhausting in-person procedures.
The premier also assured persons with disabilities and their families that this would not be a temporary help, but a policy with guaranteed funding from several sources.
In his address regarding the digital services, Labor & Social Affairs Minister Kostis Chatzidakis said, ‘The multiple visits to KEPAs are abolished. Up to now, an individual had to show up three or four times at KEPAs to certify their disability. Today, only one visit is required, when they will be examined by a doctors’ committee. The rest will take place digitally’.