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Factsheet for measure GR-2020-23/960 Updated – measures in Greece

 Financial support for seasonal employees who are not re-hired in 2020

Έκτακτη αποζημίωση εποχικά εργαζομένων χωρίς δικαίωμα υποχρεωτικής επαναπρόσληψης

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 June 2020 – 31 August 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
Author Elena Kousta (INE GSEE) and Eurofound
Measure added 10 July 2020 (updated 01 December 2020)

Background information

In June 2020, the Greek government intervened, by virtue of Law No. 4690 of 2020 (art. 33, OIK. 23102/477/12 June 2020), to provide support to seasonal workers. The measure is aimed to support those seasonal workers remained unemployed during the current summer, as a consequence of the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, providing them with economic support, under condition that they will continues seeking for a job.

Content of measure

According to this measure, the seasonal employees of the tourist and food & beverage sector, who:

  • are not re-hired during 2020; but
  • were employed in the year 2019, with full or part-time employment and who have received regular unemployment benefit, lasting at least three (3) months and five (5) days, during the period from September 2019 until February 2020;

are entitled to receive financial remuneration equal to their last monthly unemployment benefit for June, July and August 2020 on condition they are still listed in the registers of the Greek state employment offices (Οργανισμοσ απασχολησησ εργατικου δυναμικου, OAED). The procedure of receiving the exceptional financial support are thoroughly stated in the Ministerial Decision.


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

06 November 2020

The Ministry of Labour announced on Friday, 6 November 2020, the extension of special state benefit of €534 to seasonal employees in the tourism sector, for October 2020. Said employees shall unilaterally submit a special application in order to receive the exceptional state benefit.

Use of measure

No information yet available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Seasonal workers
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public employment service
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: N/A


No involvement.

Views and reactions

No available answer.

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, Art. 33)


Eurofound (2020),  Financial support for seasonal employees who are not re-hired in 2020 , measure GR-2020-23/960 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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