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Factsheet for measure GR-2020-23/959 Updated – measures in Greece

 Support measures regarding seasonal employees

Μέτρα οικονομικής ενίσχυσης εποχικά εργαζομένων με δικαίωμα υποχρεωτικής επαναπρόσληψης

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 June 2020 – 30 September 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Employment protection and retention
– Income support for people in employment (e.g., short-time work)
Author Elena Kousta (INE GSEE) and Eurofound
Measure added 10 July 2020 (updated 16 November 2021)

Background information

By virtue of Law 4690/2020 (art. 32, OIK. 23102/477/12.06.2020) seasonal employees are entitled to support measures from 1 June 2020 to 30 September 2020. The beneficiaries are main and non-main touristic seasonal accommodations and hotels which re-hired seasonal employees, and businesses which re-hired drivers of touristic buses, who were employed in 2019, as well as, businesses in the above categories which are not yet operating.

Content of measure

According to this measure the beneficiary employers may suspend the employment contracts of part or all of the relevant seasonal employees for the period from 01 June 2020 to 30 September 2020. In this case, the employees are entitled to receive the exceptional state benefit of €534 till September 2020. To receive such benefit the employer shall submit a declaration to the ERGANI platform, while the employees shall submit their declaration to the specific platform set up by the Greek Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs . The exact details of both declarations are thoroughly listed in the Ministerial Decision and the exact deadline for submissions as well.

In case the above mentioned businesses reach certain rates of occupancy, they are obliged to revoke permanently the suspension of their employees' contracts, who may then join the special support mechanism named ''SYNERGASIA'' (applicable only for the employees whose employment contracts are not suspended or their suspension is revoked). These employers are not allowed to terminate the employees' work agreements for the period from 01 June 2020 to 30 September 2020 and, if so, such termination shall be considered null and void.

Moreover, the employment contracts of the employees of businesses which will not yet operate in summer 2020 are automatically suspended.


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

15 September 2020

Art. 19 of Law 4722/15/09/2020 stipulates that businesses in the tourism, seasonal or non-operational, transport, food and beverage, and sports, severely affected as it is defined by the Ministry of Finance, based on their Activity Code Number, may suspend or extent already suspended contracts up to 31 October 2020. Employees under suspension are eligible to receive the exceptional state benefit of €534  corresponding to 30 days of suspension. The exceptional state benefit and the relative social security contributions are  covered by the state.

Use of measure

No information yet available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Seasonal workers
Sector specific set of companies
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 Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No available answer.

Views and reactions

No information yet available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I55 Accommodation
      I56 Food and beverage service activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 01 June 2020: Law 4690 / 2020 (OGJ 104, 30.05.2020) (
  • 15 September 2020: Article 19 - Suspension of employment contracts of employees in businesses severely affected for the month of October (


Eurofound (2020),  Support measures regarding seasonal employees, measure GR-2020-23/959 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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