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Factsheet for measure GR-2020-15/671 – Updated – measures in Greece
|Country||Greece , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 09 April 2020 – 22 April 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
|Author||Penny Georgiadou (INE / GSEE)|
|Measure added||16 April 2020 (updated 28 September 2021)|
A financial aid of €600 in the form of a special training program for specific professionals, (Ministerial Announcement of 29/03/2020) was cancelled amidst scandal rumors. The Government has decided to cancel the voucher program initiated by the Ministry of Labour to support scientists, following reactions by both the scientific community and the main opposition party. The scientists involved in the program will still unconditionally receive the €600 allowance directly to their accounts for April.
(Public Procurement 2/2020, 02.04.2020)
A certificate-issuing program for professionals was to start by receiving applications on April 9, as part of a move to training online during the coronavirus pandemic. According to Labour Ministry's announcement, training offered in 10 directions including social media marketing, protection of private data, setting up e-shops, project management, and navigating online public contracts, among others. April 20 is the deadline for applications. The program, which included a non-taxable grant of €600 for 100 hours of training, was addressed to engineers, economists and accountants, lawyers and notaries public, freelancers with or without contracts, doctors, educators and researchers.
However, reactions caused by errors and inaccuracies identified in a number of vocational training Centers, that undertook the tele-training accompanied by the allowance, led to its cancellation. In many cases, scientists were called upon to answer in translated and rendered words and concepts directly from Google Translate without editing and with no making sense.
The programme applies to 180,390 engineers, economists and accountants, lawyers and notaries public, freelancers with or without contracts, doctors, educators and researchers.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
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:
There is no any involvement of social partners.
This case is not sector-specific.
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Numerical and material recording clerks|
|Science and engineering professionals|
|Legal, social and cultural professionals|
Eurofound (2020), Training voucher of €600 for specific professionals, measure GR-2020-15/671 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/GR-2020-15_671.html
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