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Factsheet for measure GR-2022-13/2233 – measures in Greece
|Country||Greece , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 23 March 2022 – 23 March 2022|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to healthcare
|Author||Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)|
|Measure added||10 May 2022 (updated 17 June 2022)|
On March 23, 2022, the Minister of Finance allocated €675,568 to three NGOs, that is to, “The Smile of the Child”, “The Doctors of the World”, and “The Hellenic Red Cross” for implementing actions to address the pandemic. The finance is given by a special bank account, opened in spring 2020 at the Bank of Greece, after initiative of the Ministry of Finance, for the deposit of donations to support the national effort to prevent and deal with the consequences of the coronavirus. The total amount collected by the contributions of 450 citizens and businesses is €2,503,250. (See related case)[https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/GR-2022-7_2234.html]
The Ministry of Finance, signed and applied three relevant ministerial decisions, in order to subsidy with a total amount of €675,568 for the support of three important programs of the following NGOs, financing them from the contributions gathered by citizens and businesses in an bank account established for that reason.
The Smile of the Child, received a funding of €420,318 for the purchasing and equipment of a mobile medical unit, having the ability to provide services both in difficult accessible areas of the country and to the vulnerable population in order to take part in the annual vaccination programme against the coronavirus.
Doctors of the World, received a funding of €104,250 to implement 3 programmes, lasting 6 months each, raising the awareness of the necessity of vaccination against the coronavirus, the provision of health care and psychosocial support to vulnerable elderly people, who are particularly affected by the pandemic and the strengthening of the country's social structures.
Hellenic Red Cross, received a funding of €151,000 to cover the accommodation, travel and overtime compensation expenses of 50 nursing staff in the context of their assistance to Operation "Eleftheria" (i.e. “Freedom” from COVID), in accordance (Law N. 4790/2021).
Three NGOs received funding from the Government.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Applies to all citizens|
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
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:
There was no involvement of social partners.
There were no social partner's reactions to the measure.
This case is sector-specific
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities||Q86 Human health activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2022), Government funding of NGOs for actions to address the pandemic, measure GR-2022-13/2233 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/GR-2022-13_2233.html
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