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Factsheet for measure GR-2022-13/2233 – measures in Greece

Government funding of NGOs for actions to address the pandemic

Hrimatodotisi MKO apo tin Kivernisi gia drasis antimetopisis tis pandimias (Χρηματοδότηση ΜΚΟ από την κυβέρνηση για δράσεις αντιμετώπισης της πανδημίας

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 23 March 2022 – 23 March 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to healthcare
Author Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)
Measure added 10 May 2022 (updated 17 June 2022)

Background information

On 23 March 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 COVID-19 pandemic. The total amount collected by the contributions of 450 citizens and businesses is €2,503,250. See related case

Content of measure

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 COVID-19 pandemic.

Doctors of the World, received a funding of €104,250 to implement three programmes, lasting six months each, raising the awareness of the necessity of vaccination against COVID-19, the provision of health care and psycho social 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).

Use of measure

Three NGOs received funding from the Government.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
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 was no involvement of social partners.

Views and reactions

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

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q86 Human health activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 28 March 2022: The Ministry of Finance paid donations of €675,568 to support actions against the coronavirus - Το Υπουργείο Οικονομικών ολοκλήρωσε την καταβολή δωρεών ύψους 675.568 ευρώ για την ενίσχυση δράσεων κατά του κορονοϊού


Eurofound (2022), Government funding of NGOs for actions to address the pandemic, measure GR-2022-13/2233 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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