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Factsheet for measure GR-2020-14/697 – measures in Greece
|Country||Greece , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 30 March 2020 – 09 April 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
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)|
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.
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.
About 110,000 employees received the extraordinary financial aid.
Workers in care facilities
Workers in essential services
|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. There were no reactions to that.
|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)|
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, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/GR-2020-14_697.html
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