Athens / The baby check has arrived in Greece with the unique help of 2,000 euros, approved by Parliament, which the government of the conservative Kyriakos Mitsotakis hopes to improve birth rates.
The money is going to be paid in two tranches of 1,000 euros and is not contributory, it will go to couples with incomes below 40,000 euros per year and has retroactive effect on January 1, 2020.
Citizens of the European Union, and third countries, who have been in the country for more than twelve years will also have access to this aid.
All political parties, except the one founded by former Finance Minister Yanis Varufakis, Mera25, have supported the Government’s initiative with their votes in Parliament, at midnight on Tuesday 28.
Greece will allocate 293 million for two years for the baby check
In total, the State will allocate about 123 million euros to this subsidy this year, and about 170 million from next. That is, 293 million.
In 2019, the birth rate in Greece was 7.65 births per 1,000 women, 2.32 percent less than in 2018.
In the last four years, during the crest of the economic crisis, the birth rate has been reduced by 10 percent, an evolution that has been similarly experienced in the rest of southern Europe.
In 2019, the fertility rate (average number of children) in Greece was 1.3 babies per woman, a level very similar to that recorded in Spain, Italy, and Cyprus.
Malta is in line with 1.26 children per mother. (January 30, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)