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Factsheet for case GR-2021-2/1997 – measures in Greece

Subsidy for catering companies to purchase heating equipment for outdoor services

Epihorigisi epihiriseon estiasis gia tin promithia thermantikon somaton exoterikou horo

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 04 January 2021 – 31 December 2021
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)
Case created 05 August 2021 (updated 09 August 2021)

Background information

On 30 December 2020, the Ministry of Development & Investment launched the programme "Subsidy for Catering Companies for the Supply of Outdoor Heating" The Action aims to support the operation of catering and accommodation businesses in the tourism sector, which are affected by the effects of the outbreak of COVID-19 disease, by subsidizing the purchase of outdoor heating appliances in order to avoid overcrowding and help businesses to operate in legally used outdoor areas, where the better ventilation helps to protect public health.

Content of measure

According to the requirements of the subsidy programme:

  • Beneficiaries of the financial support are catering and accommodation companies (hotels and similar establishments), that operate an outdoor catering area.
  • The supply of one heating appliance per ten square meters and up to €100 for each appliance is subsidized.
  • The maximum amount of subsidy for a restaurant or per hotel / tourist accommodation establishment is €5,000.
  • Eligible expenses are those that relate to purchasing outdoor appliances of any type (LPG, electric, natural gas, infrared panels, halogen or other), autonomous / individual or part of mobile equipment that has a built-in outdoor heating appliance.
  • The Funding Application must be submitted electronically on this platform .
  • The Action is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union and from national resources.

The Action Budget is €60 million. The application period is from 4 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

Use of measure

There is no information.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
One person or microenterprises
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
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 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)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I55 Accommodation
      I56 Food and beverage service activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 30 December 2020: Subsidy of catering companies to purchase heating equipment for outdoor services (Epihorigisi epihiriseon estiasis gia tin promithia thermantikon somaton ejoterikou horou (


Eurofound (2021), Subsidy for catering companies to purchase heating equipment for outdoor services, case GR-2021-2/1997 (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.