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Factsheet for measure BG-2020-11/499 – Updated – measures in Bulgaria
|Country||Bulgaria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 13 March 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Support for parents and carers (financial or in kind)
|Author||Tsetomila Sabcheva and Luboslav Kostov (Citub)|
|Measure added||12 April 2020 (updated 13 June 2023)|
Parents of children up to 12 years of age, who due to the declared state of emergency, are taking unpaid leave of at least 20 working days for childcare at home are entitled to an additional single childcare allowance. The assistance has an allocated budget of BGN 20 million (€10 million) allocated. This financial assistance can reach approximately 55,000 families, according to the Minister of Labour and Social Policy. The one-time assistance amounts 375 BGN (approx. €200).
The monthly income of a family member for the month preceding the use of unpaid leave can not exceed BGN 610 (€305) (minimum working salary for 2020).
The family aid, which amounts to BGN 375 (approx. €200), is granted if:
Between 13 April 2020 and 30 May 2020, 5,231 family applications were submitted. However, only nearly 2,000 families or fewer than the half who applied for the allowance since COVID-19 outbreak, were approved for state aid. The cabinet expected about 55,000 families and single parents to benefit from the measure.
According to the media, the measure does not have much coverage due to the strict conditions set for its receipt. The measure requires that both parents have exhausted their paid leave and have accumulated at least 20 days of unpaid leave between them. This was almost impossible in the first month of the state of emergency. The amount also barely covers the poverty line for one person of BGN 363 (€180) for 2020, although it is intended for the whole family.
As of the 22 January 2021, €15 million have been paid. This amount is more than the initial funds provided for under the measure, due to increased interest and necessity. 48,000 applications have been submitted, which is close to the expectations of the ministry, and the applications will continue after the state of emergency in Bulgaria is extended. Of these, 36,118 have been approved for funding. The parents in the districts of Plovdiv, Blagoevgrad, Sofia and Ruse received the most funds.
According to the Integrated Information portal BGN 75,7 million were paid since September 2021 in order to support 53,294 families.
Parents in employment
Single parents in employment
|Does not apply to businesses||
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No information available.
No information available.
Eurofound (2020), COVID-19: Assistance for parents taking unpaid leave due to a state of emergency, measure BG-2020-11/499 (measures in Bulgaria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BG-2020-11_499.html
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