September 30, 2023

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Market pass: when food subsidy expires, what you need to know

The period currently covered by the Market pass measure is from February to July 2023. Beneficiaries who opted for bank deposit received the last subsidy at the beginning of May (for May, June and July).

For those who have chosen to pay benefits on an intangible digital card, the amount is credited every month, and two payments remain: June 3 for June and July 3 for July.


The beneficiaries of the Market Pass program are single, married, cohabiting, separated, divorced or widowed individuals who are tax resident in Greece and who meet the income and property value criteria set out in paragraph 1 of Article 2AA.

Assistance is provided at the household level. Household members are spouses/partners, their dependent children, other dependents, and their guests, based on the most recent personal income tax return for tax year 2021 filed before 12/31/2022. It is possible that if the measure is extended until the end of the year, then 2023 income will be taken into account in the tax return for 2022.

Amount of aid

The allowance per family is 10% of the monthly purchase amount: 220 euros for a family with one member, increasing by 100 euros for each additional family member, up to a maximum of 1000 euros.

In other words, the amount that a one-person family receives monthly is 22 euros, a couple 32 euros, a family with one child 42 euros and a family with two children 52 euros. These amounts are tax-free, non-distributable and non-refundable.

Recall that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the debate of political leaders on Wednesday, May 10, left open the possibility of extending the Market pass.

During the debate, answering the first two questions from Sky journalist Sia Kosioni, the Prime Minister called the Market pass measure tried and tested. If fiscal indicators allow it, and if it is considered that there is a problem, the prime minister said, “I am ready to provide it in the second half of the year.”

In particular, answering a question during the debate, he said: “The rise in prices is a global problem. The government has taken measures to solve it, such as the Housewife’s Basket” and “Market pass”, as well as increasing salaries and pensions, which are permanent character.”

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