In Greece, there is no nationally defined strategy on youth volunteering, including volunteering in general, and each Ministry / public organisation that implements volunteering activities, is responsible for organising and implementing all relevant actions, according to Greek legislation.
The application of volunteering from different authorities and with different objectives, makes it hard to estimate the size and characteristics of volunteering and especially any comparisons about volunteering between different organisations.
Examples of Ministries that have participated in the conception of a volunteering framework, include:
- The Ministry of Health, through its General Secretariat for Public Health (GSPH), which has published the National Action Plan for Public Health 2021-2025, that has put as a priority the interconnection of the Greek voluntary sector with the health system, as described in section ‘2.3 National strategy on youth volunteering’.
- The Ministry of Interior, with Law 4873/2021 concerning volunteering activities, which provides a legal basis for voluntary engagement as a regulatory framework to promote this socially essential contribution and concerns the registration and financing of voluntary organisations established and operating in Greece as associations or non-profit organisations with a public purpose and the ultimate goal of ensuring integrity, transparency and accountability.