European allowances for children whose parents work abroad

The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) and the Social Alternatives Association concluded a partnership for the project ‘Combating negative effects of migration among children and elderly,’ which is to cover the period over 2009-2011, informed MAE release, on Wednesday.

The programme’s first stage means an information campaign making aware of the rights of the children, whose one or both parents work abroad, in accordance with the Council Regulation (EEC) No.1408/71.

The campaign will be conducted at the national and the international level, over 2009-2011 and includes a radio ad broadcast both in Romania and abroad, 2,000 posters and 10,000 leaflets, 3,000 practical guides for the parents.

MAE will contribute to the campaign spreading information on the project of the Social Alternatives Association through Romania’s embassies and consulates in the EU countries, posting ads on the websites of the Romanian diplomatic missions to the EU member states and spreading and broadcasting the information supplied by the Association.

The cooperation between MAE and the Social Alternatives Association is in compliance with the Ministry’s strategy of communication and public diplomacy, emphasizing the importance of the cooperation with the associative environment.

The Social Alternatives, a non-profit, politically non-affiliated NGO, was founded in 1997, at the initiative of a group of students and teaching staff of the Social Security Faculty of the A l.I. Cuza University of Iasi (east).

The European ‘allowances’ represent family support aimed at ensuring social security to the employees and the freelancers, who live and work in a EU member country, and to the members of their families.

The allowances are granted for the dependent children, the same as the child benefits given in Romania. The difference is that because the parents are employed or work as freelancers in a EU state, they get more money, in most of the cases, contingent of the laws in force in that state.

To benefit from these allowances are the children whose parents work legally in any EU country.
Thus, the benefits rate is calculated in compliance with the laws in force in the EU country where the parents, who have the right to receive the allowances, work, whether or not the children are with them.

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