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Factsheet for measure GR-2021-7/1863 – measures in Greece
|Country||Greece , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 08 February 2021|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)|
|Measure added||13 April 2021 (updated 04 May 2021)|
The Greek Government, on 6 February 2021 recognising that the cultural sector has been particularly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, decided to financially support theater companies, music scenes, dance theaters, concert and performance venues, in order to reduce the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic (Ministerial Decision No 5774/203/2021). The financial assistance concerns private companies in the sector and will take the form of financial coverage of spectator/ticket seats for three months: October, November and December 2020 if specific conditions are met. Applications for inclusion in the measure begun on 8 February 2021.
Financial support to theaters, music scenes, dance theaters, concert venues and performance venues includes the payment, for the months for October, November and December 2020, of a fixed amount of €10 per spectator/ticket, regardless of the ticket price and for a total maximum of 24 performances per month as follows:
The beneficiaries of the financial assistance are undertaking which had a positive turnover from 1 January 2019 to 30 September 2020 and now then had a fall in turnover of at least 20% between March 2020 and September 2020 as it is compared to the corresponding period from March 2019 to September 2019.
According to the government's forecasts, the cost of financing theater companies is estimated at around €14 million.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
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:
The Association of Theater Producers, following the closure of the theaters due to the COVID-19 and the economic consequences they suffered, had been lobbying the government since October 2020 for financial support of the sector. Among the eight point-requests the theater producers demanded a subsidy of 40% of the theater seats which operated on eight March 2020, with €15 per seat and for up to eight performances per week; a subsidy of 25% of the theater seats that will remain closed during the 2020-2021 season; and for eight performances per week and a subsidy of €5 million for theater companies based on the staff employed on eight March 2020. The government, after bilateral contacts with the theater producers, recognizing the right of their demands, decided to financially support the theaters and to take a corresponding measure.
The Association of Theater Producers, following the closure of the theaters due to the COVID-19 and the economic consequences they suffered, had been lobbying the government since October 2020 for financial support of the sector. Among the eight point-requests the theater producers demanded a subsidy of 40% of the theater seats which operated on eight March 2020, with €15 per seat and for up to eight performances per week; a subsidy of 25% of the theater seats that will remain closed during the 2020-2021 season; and for eight performances per week and a subsidy of €5 million for theater companies based on the staff employed on eight March 2020.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Government’s financial support to theaters, music scenes and performance venues, measure GR-2021-7/1863 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/GR-2021-7_1863.html
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