Factsheet for case GR-2020-12/694 – Updated – measures in Greece
|Country||Greece , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 20 March 2020 – 30 June 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Income support for unemployed
|Author||Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)|
|Case created||16 April 2020 (updated 04 May 2021)|
In the context of the “emergency contingency measures to address the effects of the coronavirus COVID-19, to support society and entrepreneurship and ensure the uninterrupted operation of the market and public administration”, the Greek government introduced a regulation/extension of unemployment benefits in order to support the unemployed. The extension concerns the regular unemployment benefit, the long term unemployed benefit and the unemployment benefit of the self-employed.
The relevant law: Art 7 of the Official Gazette A68, March 20, 2020 and art 24 of the Official Gazette A75, March 30, 2020).
Pursuant to the new measure, the duration of the unemployment benefits that have expired or expire during the first quarter of 2020 is extended for 2 months after their expiration. The extension concerns the regular unemployment benefit, the long term unemployed benefit and the unemployment benefit of the self-employed.
Regarding the amount, beneficiaries of the regular unemployment benefit will receive in total, for the two months, up to €798.50 (up to €399.25 monthly), increased by 10% for each dependent of the beneficiary unemployed.
The beneficiaries of the self-employed unemployment benefit will receive up to €720 (up to €360 monthly) in total and the beneficiaries of the unemployment benefit will receive up to €400 (up to €200 monthly) in total.
According to an estimate by the OAED Commander, about 200,000 unemployed people, who ended their unemployment benefit in January, February, March and April 2020 will get a two-month extension. In addition another 155,000 long-term unemployed will receive the aid.
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
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:
The measure was considered positive.
The government has designed and implemented this measure.
Eurofound (2020), Extension of expired or expiring unemployment benefit payments , case GR-2020-12/694 (measures in Greece), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
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