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Factsheet for measure GR-2021-29/2011 – measures in Greece

Subsidy for fishermen due to the temporary cessation of activity

EpIhorigisi Ellinon alieon gia tin prosorini pafsi ton alieftikon drastiriotiton tou

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 16 July 2021 – 30 September 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)
Measure added 16 September 2021 (updated 28 September 2021)

Background information

On 9 July 2021, the Minister of Rural Development and Food, signed a decision to financially support Greek fishermen for the "temporary cessation of their fishing activities as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic" which took place between 1 March and 31 December 2020.

The aim of the funding is to mitigate the effects on Greek fishermen from their temporary cessation of activity due to COVID-19 disease.

The budget of the programme is €25 million. The application period is from 16 July 2021 until 30 September 2021.

The Action is funded by the NSRF, Fisheries and Maritime Operational Program (EPALTH).

Content of measure

According to the requirements of the programme:

  • Beneficiaries of the financial support are personal companies or legal entities, owners of fishing vessels, which are registered as active vessels, and have been engaged in real fishing activity at sea for at least 120 days, during the two calendar years preceding the date of submission of the application for support.
  • The grant cannot exceed 90 days in total for the period from first March to 31 December 2020, for each vessel.
  • The duration of the temporary cessation will be calculated as the sum of the days on which the vessel has not engaged in fishing activities, which do not include the periods during which fishing bans apply.
  • The amount of the grant depends on the type of fishing vessel and its capacity.
  • The maximum amount of the monthly compensation is €24,000.
  • Applications are submitted electronically to the State Aid Information System .

Use of measure

No information available yet.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
EU (Council, EC, EP)
European Funds
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 any involvement of social partners.

Views and reactions

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

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing A3 Fishing and aquaculture

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 09 June 2021: Temporary cessation of fishing activities as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak (Prosorini pafsi ton alieftikon drastiriotiton os sinepia tiw epidimikis ekrixis tis COVID -19 (
  • 08 September 2021: Change of the decision for theTemporary cessation of fishing activities as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak (Tropopiisi tiw apofasis gia tinProsorini pafsi ton alieftikon drastiriotiton os sinepia tiw epidimikis ekrixis tis COVID -19 (


Eurofound (2021), Subsidy for fishermen due to the temporary cessation of activity, measure GR-2021-29/2011 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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