A couple days before the 2019 Greek national elections, during his campaing speech in Northern Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis made a pledge to create “numerous and good new jobs for young people”.

Alas, two years later, the Prime Minister’s son, as disclosed by the “Documento” newspaper, has been recruited to work in the European Parliament by the Spanish MEP and deputy chairman of the EPP Group, Esteban Gonzalez Pons.

Konstantinos Mitsotakis was initially employed as a trainee accredited parliamentary assistant (APA) in September 2021, four months after the end of his military service.

The deputy chairman of the EPP Group spoke to the “Documento” newspaper, mentioning that: “in anticipation of the departure of one of our team’s members, which is scheduled for the end of May 2022, and owing to his [Mitsotakis’] excellent performance during his internship, he was offered to continue working as an accredited parliamentary assistant.

The monthly allowance for this position equals between €1,680 and €7,740, depending on the assistant’s previous experience and qualifications, and according to Pons, the prime minister’s son is in the 1st tier, which is the lowest for an accredited assistant in the European Parliament.

Furthermore, the Spanish MEP stated, inter alia: “I am very proud to have Konstantinos as one of my accredited parliamentary assistants. Not only due to his academic background and skills, but also because he is a talented young man”.

When asked if Kyriakos Mitsotakis interfered in order to have his son hired, he simply answered “No”.

The question of how Mitsotakis’ son managed to get a job in the European Parliament doesn’t really require much thought. Besides, Greek people have no doubts about how the offsprings of political families always have a paved career before them.

However, the question that the Mitsotakis government fails to answer, is how the unemployed young men and women of Greece will find a job that is decent and consistent with their qualifications, since Greece holds the (negative) unemployment record in the EU, with its youth unemployment standing at 31.4%, the highest among all 27 EU countries

The Mitsotakis government must also answer the question of how a young man or woman are supposed to live with a minimum, net wage of around €600. How can they manage to pay their rent, electricity, water, utilities, communications.

Unfortunately, the Mitsotakis government has no answer to these questions, because it is neither able nor willing to find one.