Reduced budget for benefits paid to children and families from Romania

Romania comes bottom in the European Union when it comes to the sums per capita for family and child benefits. According to data published by the European Statistical Office, family benefit amounts to just EUR 91.

The average payment of family and child benefit comes to EUR 651 per capita. This means that the benefits paid in Romania are seven times lower than the European average. Despite that, benefits for families in Romania total 8.3% of all social benefits, a similar percentage to the eurozone average.

Family and child benefits are an important financial tool for them, given the costs associated with raising and looking after a child.

What tools could the Commission use to seek to increase the amount of benefits paid with the aim of providing better financial support to families and children?