The Council for Demographic Revitalization held session on Friday to discuss the implementation of policies designed to reverse Croatia's declining demographics.
The Minister of Demographics, Family, Youth and Social Policy, Nada Murganić, said 150 million kuna was being diverted to finance an increase in maternity leave payments for the second six-month period to 5,600 kuna which will come into force in April 2020.
This marks the second time we have increased these payments, said Minister Murganić. And when compared to the situation inherited by the current government, these measures represent an increase in maternity leave benefits of 110 percent.
The minister further noted that it was one of the more important government measures and one that has been widely accepted by the public. The government initially raised the payments for the second six-month period from 2,663 to 3,990 kuna back in 2017.
Anđeljko Akrap, a special advisor to President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović for matters of demographics, said that Friday's council meeting marked the first time in which concrete problems and solutions were discussed.
Also, 70 million kuna has been set aside for the financing of educational programs for children during school holidays.
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