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Cyprus Minimum Income, Jobs Program Advances

Cyprus’ Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) scheme will find jobs for people who can work in return for the pay, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said.

She told the the House Labour Committee that the ministry was processing plans to train recipients, have them do community work, and the employment of recipients who were able, according to the Cyprus Mail.

“It’s not a matter of forced labor, but a matter of providing all the tools to people supported by the state at the moment, to reintegrate into the labor market through training,” she added.

GMI recipients would be activated through community work schemes so that they are able to re-enter the labor market. “This is the objective,” with goals to place some in hotels.

They would have four months of on-site training followed by compulsory employment for eight months and will get their GMI during training and the state will subsidize 60 percent of their salary when they’re employed, using European Union subsidies.

The ministry was also considering using recipients who were builders, plumbers, architects, or similar, to repair the homes of vulnerable groups.

GMI was introduced in 2014, replacing the previous system of public assistance allowance, as the government sought to overhaul the welfare system.

GMI allowance has been set at 480 euros ($532.22) per person per month, covering basic needs.

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