Cause and Effect in European Politics and Law

The cutting of financial aid for student mothers is a technical mistake

Adelina Marini, November 12, 2009

This is what the deputy prime minister and minister of finance Simeon Dyankov explained after the session of the Bulgarian Council of Ministers. He reassured, supported by the prime minister Boyko Borisov, that the mistake will be corrected during the first and second reading of the Budget 2010 in Parliament. "The demographic crisis is another crisis the government has already started to fight with. The additional financial aid for student mothers is only part of this fight", Mr. Dyankov underlined and added that the government has never had an intention to cut the money for twins and student mothers for the sake of other social groups.

Two days ago the deputy minister of labour and social policy Ms. Hristina Mitreva said that the financial aid for student mothers 2,880 lv. per year (1,476.92 euro) if they study on a regular basis are entirely cut in Budget 2010 and the aid for twins in a family that is paid with their birth will be halved from 1,200 lv (615 euro) to 600 lv. (307.69 euro). This caused negative reactions from NGOs, the society and some political parties like NDSV who actually introduced this aid to support child birth.