With a ministerial decision signed by Labour Minister Efi Achtsioglou and Deputy Minister Tasos Petropoulos on Monday, the Greek government will for the first time implement laws providing freelance and self-employed individuals (lawyers, engineers, doctors) with unemployment benefit.

The decision outlines the conditions for eligibility, the amount of the benefit and the duration for which each applicant will receive the benefit - which is to be given for the first time, though contributions for it have been paid by the self-employed since 2011.

It can be received by those that have paid the relevant contributions to the EFKA social insurance and pension fund and can be up to 360 euros a month, payable for a period of three to nine months, depending on the amount of time that the applicant has been insured.