Understand the child benefits that may be available to you in Greece...
There are a number of benefits that you may be eligible for if you are bringing up children in Greece.
The birth benefit, given to all insured women, is one payment, made to help defray the cost of treatment in a maternity clinic or hospital. The benefit is equal to 30 times the day wage of an unskilled worker.
To claim for maternity or birth benefits, the following documents are required:
- the applicant's insurance booklets from the last two years or a certificate authenticated by the IKA office of the insured person's place of residence
- a health booklet (individual and family if applicable)
- a certificate from an IKA gynaecologist indicating the expected date of delivery
- a declaration from the employer stating that the woman has stopped working
- a declaration form completed by the woman stating the date on which she stopped working (the form is available at local IKA offices)
- the birth certificate of the child
Employed mothers are also entitled to an additional six months of maternity protection leave and reduced working hours leave at the end of their maternity leave. Benefits are paid by the Manpower Employment Organisation (OAED), if the woman has received maternity payments from the IKA and has a work contract.
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Family allowances (οικογενειακά επιδόματα / ikogeniaka epidomata) are available until the child reaches the age of 18, or permanently if the child has disabilities certified before the age of 18. The amount paid depends on the family income, how many children there are in the family, and where and if the parents are employed. The employer takes care of this and the amount is paid together with the salary.
The Distributive Fund for Employee Family Allowances (DLOEM) is financed equally by employees and employers, and gives family allowances to employees who don’t receive an allowance from their employer. This is paid annually in a lump sum. The amount is higher for parents with more children, disabled children and for single parents. The Agricultural Insurance Organisation provides an additional allowance for a third and fourth child.
Parental leave (γονικέ άδεια / goniki adia) can be taken for a period of 13 weeks after birth or adoption by either parent. A single parent is entitled to 26 weeks. This period starts after the end of maternal leave and must be taken before the child reaches the age of 2.5 years. During parental leave the parent is job-protected.
Paid parental leave is also given to working parents if they need to take care of their child in case of illness. The child must be under 16 and at home. The leave given is the following:
- six days if there is one child in the family
- eight days for two children
- ten days for three or more children