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Factsheet for measure GR-2022-1/2380 – Updated – measures in Greece
|Country||Greece , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 January 2022 – 31 August 2022|
|Context||COVID-19, War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Responses to inflation
– Support for energy bills
|Author||Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)|
|Measure added||20 May 2022 (updated 26 September 2022)|
One of the most important consequences of the international crisis caused by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine is the increase in the price of energy, which has disproportionately burdened family budgets and the production costs of the businesses.
In this context, the Greek government has taken measures to subsidise the natural gas consumption of households and businesses. In 2021, the natural gas subsidy followed the procedures regarding the payment of the heating allowance that was in force in previous years. For 2022, a series of Joint Ministerial Decisions (KYA) of the ministers of finance and energy provided for additional funding:
The measure was extended for April and May 2022.
The natural gas subsidy for residential consumers and businesses in accordance with decisions No 2462/333 on 11 February 2022, No 23960/762 on 11 March 2022 and No 38336/1139 on 15 April 2022 provide for:
Non-domestic consumers (entrepreneurs):
According to the Minister of Environment and Energy, the state subsidy of natural gas for the month of February concerns 540,000 residential consumers and the benefit for households amounts to €40 per thermal MWh.
|Does not apply to workers||Applies to all businesses||Applies to all citizens|
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 is was no involvement of social partners.
There were no social partner's reactions to the measure detected.
Eurofound (2022), Subsidised natural gas for households and businesses , measure GR-2022-1/2380 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/GR-2022-1_2380.html
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