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Factsheet for measure GR-2020-14/697 – measures in Greece

Extraordinary financial support to personnel of public health and civil protection institutions

Έκτακτη οικονομική ενίσχυση προσωπικού νοσοκομείων, κέντρων υγείας και άλλων δομών του Υπουργείου Υγείας καθώς και της Γενικής Γραμματείας Πολιτικής Προστασίας.

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 30 March 2020 – 09 April 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
Author Elena Kousta (INE GSEE) and Eurofound
Measure added 16 April 2020 (updated 04 May 2020)

Background information

The government with a law, in the context of the “measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergency provisions”, introduces an extraordinary financial support to personnel of hospitals, health centres and other structures of the Ministry of Health as well as to the personnel of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection. The extraordinary remuneration is paid for the year 2020 and amounts to one half of their basic monthly salary.

Content of measure

The provision of the extraordinary financial aid to employees of the Public Health Sector and the Civil Protection personnel, is paid for the year 2020 and amounts to one half of their basic monthly salary. Τhe beneficiaries of the exceptional financial assistance are all personnel, with any employment relationship (public or private law, project contracts, etc.), who offered services to public hospitals supervised by the Ministries of Health, National Defence and Education and Religious Affairs. These include those employed in the employment or apprenticeship programs of the OAED, the staff of the Ministry of National Defence who were moved to the above mentioned bodies as well as any administrative, medical, nursing and other staff recruited, seconded, moved and therefore made available to these bodies to assist the overall effort to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The payment of the financial aid was made on 9 April 2020.

Use of measure

About 110,000 employees received the extraordinary financial aid.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Workers in care facilities
Workers in essential services
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
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


The measure was considered positive.

Views and reactions

The government has designed and implemented this measure. There were no reactions to that.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q86 Human health activities
      Q87 Residential care activities
      Q88 Social work activities without accommodation
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Health professionals


  • 11 March 2020: Legislative Act “Emergency contingency measures to tackle the adverse effects of the outbreak of COVID 19 and to address the need to limit the spread of the virus”, Official Government Gazette A55, March 11, 2020. (
  • 05 April 2020: Koronovirus: On April 9th the Extraordinary Easter Gift to doctors and health worker (
  • 06 April 2020: Provision of guidance for the implementation of the provisions of Article 4 of the Legislative Act of 30-3-2020 (Government Gazette 75A) " measures to address the coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic and other emergency provision (


Eurofound (2020), Extraordinary financial support to personnel of public health and civil protection institutions, measure GR-2020-14/697 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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