Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis extended the application deadline for the financial aid aimed at youngsters, dubbed Youth Pass, until December 12.

In a TikTok video, the Greek PM said that “in the last few days” applications increased by 20,000 while he urged the ones that did not apply yet to do so.

The first payment will be made on December 10 and the second one on December 21, said the prime minister.

The platform initially opened on November 9 and aimed to help young beneficiaries aged 18 to 19 years and received 24,000 applications in 16 hours.

Applicants who would be eligible to get the pre-paid card of €150, should be tax residents of Greece and have had their 18 or 19 birthday between January 1-December 31, 2021.

If they still meet the necessary criteria, an additional €150 in the following year.

The card will be in the form of a digital debit card and will enable beneficiaries to use it in companies related to culture, tourism and transport.

Applications can be submitted either via the site or through the Citizens’ Advice Bureau (KEP).

From 2024 onwards, the platform will accept the applications of interested parties from April 1 to May 15 of each year, while the aid will be paid once a year by May 31 of each year.

Youth Pass was first introduced as ‘Freedom Pass’, in 2021 as an incentive for youth to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in exchange for spending money for summer vacations.