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Factsheet for measure GR-2022-33/2783 – measures in Greece

Subsidization of distribution and newsprint paper costs

Epihorigisi metaforikou kostous kai kostous dimosiografikou xartiou (Επιχορήγηση μεταφορικού κόστους και κόστους δημοσιογραφικού χάρτου).

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 08 August 2022 – 31 December 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)
Measure added 29 August 2022 (updated 26 September 2022)

Background information

The war in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed by the EU and international partners, as well as the countermeasures taken by Russia, created serious economic problems for publishing companies, newspapers and magazines.

For this reason the government, on 8 August 2022, by its Decision No. 1105/2022 introduced a subsidy for the distribution and the newsprint paper costs for the publishing companies (newspapers and magazines) of local, regional and national circulation. The decision was taken in application of article 81 of law 4949/2022 (FEK A’ 126/30.06.2022) and in accordance with the conditions set out by the Communication of the European Commission entitled “Temporary Crisis Framework for State Aid measures to support the economy following the aggression against Ukraine by Russia”.

Content of measure

The Ministerial Decision 1105/2022 introduced the financial subsidy of the distribution costs and paper costs of all newspaper and magazine publishing companies for the year 2022.

The applications for the grant are submitted to the digital platform myBusinessSupport.

The duration of the subsidy is set for one calendar bimonthly period and three calendar quarters starting from first February 2022. The deadline for submitting applications for the first bimonthly and the calendar quarters of 2022 has been set on five September 2022 and the deadline for the last quarter will be 20 December 2022.

The amount of the subsidy for the distribution cost per company equals to the cost of each bimonthly or quarter period of the year 2022 and with a maximum grant amount equals to the transport cost of the corresponding two-month or quarter of the year 2021.

The amount of aid for the cost of newsprint paper is proportional to its total cost for the two-month or quarter in 2022. The maximum amount of the grant is equal to 50% of the additional cost of the newsprint paper as compared to the corresponding cost of the two-month or quarter of the year 2021.

Use of measure

Νo information available.

Target groups

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

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
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 is no involvement of social partners.

Views and reactions

There are no social partner reactions to the measure.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      J - Information And Communication J58 Publishing activities

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2022), Subsidization of distribution and newsprint paper costs, measure GR-2022-33/2783 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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