The law on childcare allowance was amended again in the last days of 2008.
Thus, it was decided that, starting with January 1, 2009, the mothers receive in the period when they stay home for the care of the newborn 85% of the salary, but this amount should not be less than 600 lei or more than 4,000 lei.
(To this amount is added, as before, the child allowance of 200 lei.)
The ceiling of the compensation at 4000 lei was established according to art. 12 of GEO 225 regarding some financial-budgetary measures and represents the equivalent of three average salaries per economy.
"The child growth allowance that we pay from the public budget is the effect of the solidarity that the company has with a very important category from a social point of view.
That is why we decided, in order to eliminate the discrepancies and to make an effort of solidarity in difficult, difficult times, to limit it to a maximum of 40 million old lei, that is to say about one thousand euros ", is the statement of Prime Minister Emil Boc, according to the website- to the legislatiamuncii.ro.
Art. 12 of GEO no. 226 regarding some financial-budgetary measures published in the Official Gazette no. 899 of December 31, 2008 provides for the amendment of paragraph (1) of article 1 of GEO no. 148/2005 regarding the support of the family in order to raise the child, as follows:
"Art. 1 - (1) Starting with January 1, 2009, the persons who, during the last year before the birth of the child, made for 12 months professional income subject to income tax according to the provisions of Law No. 571/2003 on the Fiscal Code , with the subsequent modifications and completions, benefit from leave for raising the child up to 2 years or, in the case of the disabled child, up to 3 years, as well as a monthly allowance in the amount of 600 lei or, optionally, in 85% of the average of the income obtained over the last 12 months, but not more than 4,000 lei."
According to standard.ro, the prime minister of Romania also stated that the law adopted by the Executive "is one of the most generous in Europe", considering the period when mothers receive the allowance: in EU member states it is 4, 6 or maximum 8 months, while in Romania the allowance is granted for 2 years, respectively 3, in the case of the disabled child.