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Factsheet for measure GR-2022-25/2933 – measures in Greece
|Country||Greece , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 17 June 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine, Green Transition, European Semester|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Responses to inflation
– Support for energy bills
|Author||Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)|
|Measure added||19 September 2022 (updated 05 October 2022)|
The Greek government, on 17 June 2022 (with the joint Ministerial Decision No 61929/864 - Government Gazette No. 3099), announced the start of the "Recycle-Switch Device" program; a programme that subsidizes the replacement of the old household electric appliances.
The program aims to promote the energy saving in the residential building sector (households) and reduce the energy costs for the average household. At the same time, the program is expected to contribute to the reduction of gas emissions and to achieve the target for a cleaner environment, to improve the balance in energy imports and to reduce the dependence from energy sources, as well as to increase the quality of the life of the citizens.
The program includes the replacement of the old energy-intensive electrical appliances with new friendly environmental and energy-efficient appliances and the recycling of the old appliances.
According to the program "recycle-switch device", as it set with the Decision No. 61929/864 (Government Gazette 3099 on 17 June 2022), beneficiaries are all the households. For the final selection of beneficiaries, social criteria are estimated with a special care for vulnerable households, families with a member with disabilities and large numbered families. Each household is entitled to replace up to three electrical appliances (two air conditioners and a refrigerator or fridge-freezer).
The grant/subsidy is provided through a voucher given by the Program to the beneficiary, which can be used when purchasing a new device in retail stores selling electrical appliances. The subsidy covers from 30% to 50% of the total cost (based on income criteria) and ranges from €135 to €710.
For each purchase of a new device, there is an obligation to deliver for recycling an old device that the consumer alters.
Applications were submitted from 21 June 2022 to 11 July 2022. The purchase of the new appliances initially had a deadline of 16 September 16 (which was extended until 1 November 2022). The measure is funded by the European Partnership Agreement (PA) 2014-2020 and the total cost is estimated at €148 million.
According to Statements by the Minister of Energy in August 2022, 879,026 applications were submitted, of which 151,450 were approved.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
People on social benefits
People on low incomes
National Recovery and Resilience Facility
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 no involvement of social partners.
There are no social partner reactions to the measure.
Eurofound (2022), Subsidy to replace old electric appliances, measure GR-2022-25/2933 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/GR-2022-25_2933.html
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