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Factsheet for case GR-2020-12/682 Updated – measures in Greece

Strengthening municipal social policy and solidarity: Help at home programme

Αριθ. Εγκ: 23, «Ενίσχυση δημοτικών δομών κοινωνικής πολιτικής και αλληλεγγύης - Απασχόληση προσωπικού ΟΤΑ και νομικών προσώπων αυτών κατά τη διάρκεια λήψης μέτρων αποφυγής και περιορισμού της διάδοσης του κορωνοϊού – COVID 19, Υπουργείο Εσωτερικών, Εγκύκλιος 18659, 17.03.2020

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 17 March 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Provision of services in kind (e.g. food vouchers)
Author Elena Kousta (INE GSEE) and Eurofound
Case created 16 April 2020 (updated 13 October 2021)

Background information

By virtue of the Circular 18659, 17 March 2020 "Strengthening municipal structures of social policy and solidarity - Employment of local government staff and their legal entities during taking measures to avoid and limit the spread of  COVID-19 " the Ministry of Interior strengthens the "Help at Home" program, in all municipalities, to support vulnerable citizens during COVID-19 crisis. In the wake of the pandemic, the Greek government boosted it in order to meet the increased needs so that no one will be left behind alone. The local government has been funded by the Ministry of Interior with €15.7 million to address the emerging needs due to the virus and it will be further funded by another €12 million for providing meals to citizens in need.

Content of measure

By virtue of the Circular 18659, 17 March 2020 "Strengthening municipal structures of social policy and solidarity - Employment of local government staff and their legal entities during taking measures to avoid and limit the spread of  COVID-19" the "Help at Home" boosted in order to meet the increased needs so that no one will be left behind alone. The local government has been funded by the Ministry of Interior with €15.7 million to address the emerging needs due to the virus and it will be further funded by another €12 million for providing meals to citizens in need. The program offers, among others, food, medication and health services, psychological support, facilitating administrative support required, etc. A total of 273 municipalities with 3,047 employees participate in the program, 75,000 citizens benefit on a daily basis, while throughout Greece 210,000 families receive free meals.

Updates

The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

08 November 2020

The Ministry of Interior by virtue of the Circular 75317, 8 November 2020 expended the regulations and the measures regarding the "Strengthening of municipal structures of social policy and solidarity - Employment of local government staff and their legal entities during the measures to avoid and limit the spread of COVID-19" until 30 November 2020. After this date the Municipalities continue to operate on the basis of the current epidemiological data, and continue to provide increased services to citizens to deal with the pandemic.

Use of measure

A total of 273 municipalities with 3,047 employees participate in the program, 75,000 citizens benefit on a daily basis, while throughout Greece 210,000 families receive free meals.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Older citizens
Parents
Disabled

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Local / regional government
Local funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

There is no any involvement of social partners

Views and reactions

No involvement

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q87 Residential care activities
      Q88 Social work activities without accommodation

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 17 March 2020: Strengthening municipal structures of social policy and solidarity - Employment of local government staff and their legal entities during taking measures to avoid and limit the spread of COVID-19 (www.ypes.gr)
  • 08 November 2020: Ministry of Interior, circular 75317, 8 November 2020 ( Υπουργείο Εσωτερικών, Εγκύκλιος 75317/8 Νοεμβρίου 2020 (www.ypes.gr)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Strengthening municipal social policy and solidarity: Help at home programme, case GR-2020-12/682 (measures in Greece), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.