President promulgates the law on allowances for mothers, asks the new Labour minister to find solutions to enforce it

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President Klaus Iohannis said on Monday that he had promulgated the law on allowances for mothers.

Today, I signed a decree promulgating (…) a law amending the government emergency ordinance 111/2010 on child-rearing leave and allowances for mothers,” Iohannis told the swear-in ceremony of the new Labour Minister Dragos Pislaru.

He said that the law is good and welcome.

I am encouraging you (the Labour minister) and you, Mr Prime Minister, to find inside the Government the best solutions to enforce this law as soon as possible. I am asking you to please not deal with the matter the way an accountant would. It is a proactive law that is undoubtedly very important to Romania,” added Iohannis.

Late this March, the Chamber of Deputies passed a bill cancelling the cap on monthly child-rearing allowances and granting these allowances until the child turns two.

Women with a pay-check track of at least 12 months in the past two consecutive years prior to birth would qualify for a two-year child-rearing paid leave, which extends to three years in the case of physically or mentally ill children, according to the provisions of an article in the bill.

The promulgation of this law comes amid the Gov’t reluctancy to actually enforce it. Last week, PM Dacian Ciolos said the law would not be enforced if the financial sources were not found, adding that the law cand be prorogued if the state budget doesn’t allow this expense in the settled deficit targets.

We are not going to challenge the law that increases the allowances for mothers to the Constitutional Court. If we find money we’ll assume it, but we shall see about that during the rectification. Until then, if we don’t find money, we shall not enforce it,” the premier told a meeting with the journalists at the Government HQs last Tuesday.

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