Today, the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, presented new demographic measures, the first of which is the increase of financial support to families for the first-born child from 100,000 to 300,000 dinars.
At the press conference, Vučić said that measures had been agreed to encourage the birth rate in Serbia, because we are slowly disappearing as a nation, there are fewer and fewer of us, and the data show that the birth rate is just over 1.5, and it is necessary is for simple reproduction 2.15.
A special measure for students
The President especially pointed out that a decision was made to change the law on family protection.
– Since today mothers give birth to their first child at the age of 30, we must try, because we are losing an entire generation, to motivate students, young women and men not to run away from having children. For students, we bring the measure that if a girl gets pregnant and gives birth to a child, the exam deadlines do not apply to her, as well as the man, the father, who is a student. We will set deadlines for ordinary faculties to complete by the age of 26 and medical colleges by the age of 28. This means that they do not have to take a break due to the birth of a child and miss the exam deadlines, but they will always be able to take it without additional costs and a new year – Vučić explained.
He said that other measures are being discussed, and the most important thing is help in buying an apartment.
– We tie this measure to the mother, so that there is no abuse. The state will help in the purchase of apartments with non-refundable funds, and the right of ownership goes to the mother. We will give between 10,000 and 20,000 euros as a gift, with the goal of motivating young people to leave their parents’ houses, because if they sit up to 40 in a house with their parents, they have little chance of starting a family – he said.
Vučić pointed out that the measure of increasing the aid for the first-born child alone costs the state 5.7 billion dinars, ie 50 million euros annually.
However, he points out that these are measures that will encourage birth rates, which is important for the state and the nation.
Financial support should make it easier for everyone
The President also emphasized that the state never forces to have children, but that with financial support it wants to make it easier for everyone who decides to do so, because children are our greatest value. He pointed out that giving birth is a matter of decision for every adult.
– We make it easier for those who want to have a child, but it is their choice, we do not force anyone. If they already make such a choice, so that they can study, and we do not interfere in the choice of whether someone wants to have a child – said Vučić.
The president says that everyone who decides to have a child should know that they can count on the support of the state.
– I think that children are the highest value and we are fighting for what is left behind – Vučić emphasized.
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