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Factsheet for measure GR-2020-15/671 Updated – measures in Greece

Training voucher of €600 for specific professionals

Επιταγή Κατάρτισης €600 για επιστήμονες και ελεύθερους επαγγελματίες', Δημόσια Πρόσκληση 2/2020, 02.04.2020

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 09 April 2020 – 22 April 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category 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)

Background information

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)

Content of measure

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

22 April 2020

On 22 April 2020, the Minister of Labour announced the cancellation of the training programme targeted to scientists. They will normally receive the bonus of €600 for the month of April without any participation in the training programme (See the Joint Ministerial Decision16604/3224/27.4.2020 and the case State income benefit to support freelancers, self-employed and sole proprietors .

Use of measure

The programme applies to 180,390 engineers, economists and accountants, lawyers and notaries public, freelancers with or without contracts, doctors, educators and researchers.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
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


There is no any involvement of social partners.

Views and reactions

No involvement.

Sectors and occupations

This case is not sector-specific.

    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Numerical and material recording clerks
      Science and engineering professionals
      Health professionals
      Teaching professionals
      Legal, social and cultural professionals


  • 07 April 2020: Tele-Training program for scientists with a voucher of 600 euros (
  • 22 April 2020: The vouchers program is removed (Καταργείται το πρόγραμμα vouchers) (
  • 29 April 2020: Joint Ministerial Decision16604/3224/27.4.2020 (KYA 16604/3224/27.4.2020 Οικονομική Ενίσχυση -Αποζημίωση Ειδικού Σκοπού (


Eurofound (2020), Training voucher of €600 for specific professionals, measure GR-2020-15/671 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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