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Factsheet for case GR-2021-15/1835 – measures in Greece

Gefira II (Bridge II) - State contribution to the tranches for the payment of business or professional debts of all types

Γεφυρα ΙΙ -Κρατική Συνεισφορά στις δόσεις αποπληρωμής όλων των τύπων επιχειρηματικών ή επαγγελματικών χρεών σε χρηματοπιστωτικά ιδρύματα

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 05 April 2021 – 30 November 2021
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)
Case created 09 April 2021 (updated 04 May 2021)

Background information

The Greek Government, with the Law No 4790/31 March 2021 (Articles 64 - 77), launched the "GEFIRA II" (“Bridge”) programme, which concerns businesses and establishes a state financial contribution of the tranches of businesses’ loans to all banks. The subsidies of tranches concern companies with performing loans as well as those that cannot meet their loan obligations. The main features of the programme are:

  • Subsidy of the monthly loan tranche of businesses for 8 months
  • Subsidy of both the capital and the interest of the loan
  • Reward of consistent borrowers, with high subsidy rates of up to 90% of the monthly tranche.
  • Installment subsidy of up to 80% for companies that have non-performing loans in order to settle them and avoid foreclosures and auctions.

Content of measure

In the GEFIRA II programme, are entitled to be included companies with debts to financial institutions that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic in a proven way and have therefore been included in the emergency support measures against the dispersion of COVID-19. The application process for inclusion in the programme is simple, fast and electronic through the platform Applications can be submitted from 5 April to 9 May 2021.

Beneficiaries of the programme are: Small, micro or medium-sized enterprises and active freelancers or professionals or partners of personal or capital companies. The categories of business or professional debts that can be subsidized are (on the basis of their classification in 31 December 2020):

  • performing debts or with a delay of up to 90 days
  • Non-performing debts with a delay of more than 90 days
  • Non-performing debts the contracts of which have already been terminated.

The income and property criteria taken into account for inclusion in the programme and the amount of monthly funding vary according to the beneficiary's category and the debt category. The subsidy of the business loan tranche is valid for eight months and ranges from €300 per month to €40,000.

Use of measure

According to the Minister of Development, the beneficiaries freelancers, professionals and businesses from the Bridge II programme are expected to be 100,000 – 150,000.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Solo-self-employed
One person or microenterprises
Other 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: N/A


There is no involvement of social partners.

Views and reactions

There are no social partner's reactions to the measure.


  • 09 October 2020: 'Bridge' Programme (Πρόγραμμα 'Γέφυρα') (
  • 11 March 2021: Bridge 2 (Γέφυρα 2 (
  • 30 March 2021: “GEFYRA 2: Clarifications for the new programme by the Ministry of Finance - From 05.04 the platform is available” (ΓΕΦΥΡΑ 2: Διευκρινίσεις για το νέο πρόγραμμα από τον Υπ.Οικ. - Από 05.04 διαθέσιμη η πλατφόρμα (
  • 30 March 2021: “Between 100.000-150.000 the beneficiaries of "Bridge II" - In April 5th the platform opens” (Μεταξύ 100.000-150.000 οι ωφελούμενοι του "Γέφυρα ΙΙ" - Στις 5 Απριλίου ανοίγει η πλατφόρμα (
  • 06 April 2021: “Bridge 2: All the criteria for inclusion in the programme in detail” (Γέφυρα 2: Αναλυτικά όλα τα κριτήρια υπαγωγής στο πρόγραμμα (


Eurofound (2021), Gefira II (Bridge II) - State contribution to the tranches for the payment of business or professional debts of all types, case GR-2021-15/1835 (measures in Greece), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.