The alarm was sounded once again in the Parliament by the Ad Hoc Parliamentary Committee for the Study of the Demographic Problem, which examined the issue before the Minister of Labour, Kyriakos Kousios, and the Deputy Minister of Welfare, Anastasia Anthousis. of low birth rate, with the Commission asking all the Ministries involved to inform about the Government's plans and if there is any differentiation within the framework of the National Strategy.
The competent Ministers, as and the representatives of the Ministries, informed for their part about the strategy followed by the state and, as it became clear, there is a continuation of the policy adopted last year. In fact, as indicated by Mr. Kousios, 27 million euros have been paid for the maternity allowance for 2022, while one million euros has been paid for the paternity allowance until October, for support.
< p>For his part, the president of the Commission, Linos Papagiannis, pointed out that there is a dimension in dealing with the problem, with what the Government is following. “There is some data on the very important problem called underbirth, as the indicators have not improved, but we cannot say that with what we have heard, that efforts are not being made.”
However, the data cannot to be challenged, since, as it turned out, the problem is growing and at the same time our country faces the threat called demographic change. Indicatively, the birth rate seems to remain close to 1.4% and as it appeared, indeed, from the data, the increase from 1.3% comes from the births of foreign couples and not from the native population.
Also, Mr. Papagiannis, sounded the alarm to note that “I hope that with the revision of the National Strategy we will have some better results”.
At the same time, DISY MP, Prodromos Alabritis, congratulated the two ministers for issues that were launched and implemented by the current administration. Mainly, among others, he focused on the expansion of maternity leave, the implementation of paternity leave and the institution of paid parental leave. He also welcomed the institutionalization of fees in nursery schools, the increase in the income criteria for child benefit, as well as the reinstatement of the mother's benefit. Also, to support families, he noted the housing plans of the Ministry of the Interior, but also the increase in optional full-day schools.
But, as Mr. Alabritis added, “in order to support the family and deal with the problem of low fertility, a lot more must be done, in the context of an integrated plan. We await this comprehensive planning from the responsible Minister for the demographic and family policy action plan. Among other things, as DISY we propose increasing the family tax-free income to 39,500, in order to increase the purchasing power of the family. Also, expanding child benefit to cover many more families, while the total amount must increase for each additional child to help families have a second, third or even more child. Extension of parental leave and the implementation of flexible working, newborn package for all children and study for a lump sum for all new births, with a special increase for the third and fourth child”.
Indeed, congratulations was received by the Vice Minister of Welfare, Ms. Anastasia Anthousi, for the reflexes she demonstrated in the case of the birth of the quadruplets in Aradippou, who, due to the income criteria of the two parents, were not entitled to any allowance and with her actions she managed to directly support the specific family.
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