In the first nine months of the year, about 12,300 mothers returned to work before their child reached the age of one, taking advantage of the opportunity to receive, in addition to their salary, half of their birth pay, said Vorna, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy Zornitsa Rusinova.
Rusinova reminded BTA that mothers in our country is the longest in the EU – 58 weeks and a half.
The issue is now how to stimulate and support women who want to return to work early, especially in view of the lack of staff in the labor market, explained the minister. In Bulgaria, the difference in employment of women and men is not more than 3% 4% in the age group between 29-54 years, there are no serious gaps to pay as in many European countries, added Rusinova.
In support of young mothers who want to return to work, there is also a "Parents in Employment" program funded by European foundations. Parents whose children are not allowed to kindergarten can help. This program gives them a babysitter for 18 months, and may be a relative, as long as she is registered in the labor market.
The draft budget for 2019 is the most social social we have ever had, Rusinova said. She recalled that 150 million pounds would be allocated to mothers with disabilities and 40 million pounds to energy.
However, the most important thing is that there are social reforms that will allow the resource to reach people most effectively, Rusinova said.
In her opinion, the issue of children with disabilities has become very political. Rusinova added that with future changes in legislation, the protesters' demands will be fulfilled and expressed the hope that the protests will be suspended.
Deputy Minister also announced that a completely new program of European financial instruments will open in late November, which will enable municipalities to first develop medical and social patronage care by partnering with health institutions. The idea is for individuals living and disabled in small towns to receive integrated services to be visited by a nurse or doctor.