Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Greece - Maternity/Paternity Benefits

This chapter includes all you need to know about maternity and paternity benefits in Greece.

Periods of insurance completed in a Member State of the EU, EEA and Switzerland can be counted as insurance periods in Greece even if there is no legislative provision for this.

Here you will find information on the following:

  • Maternity leave (Άδεια Μητρότητας)
  • Maternity benefit (pregnancy-postpartum period) (Επίδομα Κυοφορίας–Λοχείας)
  • Supplementary maternity allowance (Συμπληρωματικές Παροχές Μητρότητας)
  • Special maternity leave and special maternity protection benefit (Ειδική Παροχή Προστασίας Μητρότητας)
  • Maternity benefit for uninsured mothers (Επίδομα μητρότητας ανασφαλίστων)
  • Child Care Leave (ΑΔΕΙΑ ΦΡΟΝΤΙΔΑΣ ΤΕΚΝΟΥ)
  • Paternity leave (άδεια πατρότητας)

In what situation can I claim?

There are different forms of support provided to mothers in Greece. All benefits - in kind and in cash - are contributory, which means they are provided to insured persons.

  • Maternity leave (Άδεια Μητρότητας): working mothers directly insured.
  • Maternity benefits (pregnancy-postpartum) Επίδομα Κυοφορίας–Λοχείας): working mothers, directly insured and entitled to maternity leave, during which time they receive maternity benefits.
  • Supplementary maternity allowance (Συμπληρωματικές Παροχές Μητρότητας): working mothers who are qualified for the Maternity benefit.
  • Special maternity leave and special maternity protection benefit (Ειδική Παροχή Προστασίας Μητρότητας): optional leave to mothers who have exhausted the regular maternity leave period and possibly the approximately 3.5 months of reduced working hours if taken in one single block (parents are entitled to work one hour less per day for up to 30 months after Maternity leave and, with the employer’s agreement, have the possibility to convert this reduced working time into a block or blocks of time within the 30-month period after Maternity leave).
  • Maternity benefit for uninsured mothers (Επίδομα μητρότητας ανασφαλίστων): if you are a working mother who is not entitled to maternity benefit from EFKA and has low income, you are entitled to the maternity benefit for uninsured mothers.
  • Child Care Leave (ΑΔΕΙΑ ΦΡΟΝΤΙΔΑΣ ΤΕΚΝΟΥ): one of the two working parents is entitled to reduced working hours for the 30 or 18 months following childbirth or adoption or sponsoring of a child.
  • Paternity leave (άδεια πατρότητας): for fathers due to childbirth.

Please note that the maternity leave and benefit, and the special maternity protection benefit are provided to biological mothers, as well as to surrogate mothers.

What conditions do I need to meet?

  • Maternity leave: you must have given birth and be employed.
  • Maternity benefit (pregnancy-postpartum): you must have accumulated at least 200 days of insurance in the last two years preceding the expected or actual date of delivery.

Furthermore, this benefit is paid on the condition that you will not be working during the 56 days prior to the expected date of delivery, and the 63 days following the birth of the child (i.e. the 119 days of maternity leave).

  • Supplementary maternity allowance (Συμπληρωματικές Παροχές Μητρότητας): you must be qualified for the Maternity benefit and have a valid working contract. Not provided to adoptive mothers.
  • Special maternity leave - special maternity protection benefit: you must have benefited from the maternity leave and possibly the approximately 3.5 months of reduced working hours if taken in one single block (parents are entitled to work one hour less per day for up to 30 months after Maternity leave and, with the employer’s agreement, have the possibility to convert this reduced working time into a block or blocks of time within the 30-month period after Maternity leave).
  • Maternity benefit for uninsured mothers: this benefit is not based on insurance contributions. It is means-tested (threshold: EUR 586.94 monthly family income). You should not have worked 42 days before and after birth.
  • Child Care Leave (ΑΔΕΙΑ ΦΡΟΝΤΙΔΑΣ ΤΕΚΝΟΥ): you must be working in the private sector.
  • Paternity leave (άδεια πατρότητας): you must be working in the private sector.

What am I entitled to and how can I claim?

Benefit

Duration of benefit

Amount of benefit

Maternity leave

119 days (56 days before delivery and 63 days following delivery)

By the employer: earnings of 15 days (if employed from 10 days to 1 year) or earnings up to 1 month (if employed more than a year)

Maternity benefit

during maternity leave

By EFKA: 50% of the standard wage corresponding to the insurance contribution class of the insured person, plus the child benefit at a rate of 10% of the above amount for each child.

Minimum amount: 2/3 of earnings.

Special maternity leave

Follows the maternity leave and up to 6 months

Amount equal to the special maternity protection benefit

Special maternity protection benefit

During special maternity leave

Amount equal to the statutory minimum pay

Supplementary maternity allowance

For as long the maternity benefit is paid (119 days)

Amount equal to the difference (if any) between the wage paid by the employer and the Maternity benefit

Maternity benefit for uninsured mothers

EUR 440.20: EUR 220.10 before giving birth and EUR 220.10 after delivery.

Child Care Leave

30 months after birth or adoption (reduced working hours by 1 hour) or 18 months (2 less working hours in the first 12 months and 1 less working hour in the remaining 6 months) or equal paid leave taken all at once in agreement with the employer (approximately 3.5 months)

Full wage by the employer

Paternity leave

2 days

Full wage by the employer

Maternity benefits are as a rule subject to tax.

  • Maternity benefit: you must apply to EFKA of your place of residence, to which you must submit specific supporting documents.
  • Supplementary maternity allowance: you must apply to EFKA of your place of residence.
  • Maternity benefit for uninsured mothers: you should claim approximately 9.5 months before estimated birth at the welfare departments of Municipalities.
  • Child Care Leave: at your employer.
  • Paternity leave: at your employer.

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  • Contributory benefits: benefits based on the insured person's contributions.

Forms you may need to fill in

  • Application for the supplementary maternity allowance and the special maternity protection benefit
  • Employer's certificate for the supplementary maternity allowance and the special maternity protection benefit

Both can be found at http://www.oaed.gr/paroches-metrotetas, http://www.oaed.gr/eidike-paroche-prostasias-tes-metrotetas and at http://www.oaed.gr/sychnes-eroteseis-epidomata-paroches.

Know your rights

The link below provides a legal definition of your rights. It is not a European Commission website, nor does it represent the views of the Commission:

  • The Greek Ombudsman (Συνήγορος του Πολίτη) examines cases involving the protection of private-sector employees during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and during parental leave.

Publications and websites of the European Commission:

Who do you need to contact?

Unified Social Security Fund (EFKA)

International Relations Directorate
Αγίου Κωνσταντίνου 8/8, Agiou Konstantinou street

10241 Αθήνα/Athens
ΕΛΛΑΔΑ/GREECE
Tel.: +30 210 6783661
Website: http://www.efka.gov.gr

Labour Employment Office (OAED)
Insurance Directorate
Department of Bilateral Agreements and Implementation of Community Regulations
Εθνικής Αντίστασης 8/Ethnikis Antistasis 8
17342 Άνω Καλαμάκι/Ano Kalamaki
ΕΛΛΑΔΑ/GREECE
Tel.: +30 2109989000
Website: http://www.oaed.gr/

OAED- Call Center 11320

Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 14:30 pm

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