The government will lift the cap on maternity allowances, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković has confirmed, adding that this comes as part of the government’s plan for the current term. The announcement comes after EURACTIV’s partner Jutarnji list first published a story that mothers will receive a full salary during maternity leave.
“We will make an effort to make fiscal capacity to allow that move,” Plenković also said.
During the second six months of maternity leave, the family allowance now amounts to a maximum 5,654 kuna (€753).
Asked when exactly the cap on maternity allowances would be lifted, Plenković said that a decision on that had not yet been taken.
“We will see, we are to hold one more meeting on the financial plan for next year but I believe that during our second term we will definitely do it. And it was planned anyway,” he said.
Since the total amount necessary is significant, reporters asked Plenković where the funds would come from. In response, the PM said that interdepartmental consultations would be held to see how much the measure would cost but that the nation’s survival was the most important.
“If there are no people, all our investments make less sense. Demographic policy is very important,” he said.
Jutarnji list later reported that fathers, who have been insufficiently motivated to use parental leave, will be entitled to at least 15 days of leave to support the mother and bond with the child.
(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)