Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Greece - Family benefits

In what situation can I claim?

  • Single allowance child support (Ενιαίο Επίδομα Στήριξης Τέκνων): this benefit is provided for dependent children in families with one or two children. Beneficiaries are required to permanently and constantly reside in Greece over the last ten-year period.

From 01.01.2017, the Unified Social Security Fund (EFKA)(former Agricultural Insurance Organisation, OGA) is responsible for paying the benefit.

  • Special benefit for families with three or more children (Ειδικό Επίδομα Τρίτεκνων και Πολύτεκνων): this special benefit is provided to families with three or more dependent children. Beneficiaries are required to permanently or constantly reside in Greece over the last ten-year period; they must pay taxes in Greece and their dependent children must all be in Greece.

From 01.01.2017, the Unified Social Security Fund (EFKA) (former OGA) is responsible for paying the benefit.

  • Childbirth benefit (Βοήθημα Τοκετού): this is a lump-sum benefit paid by the National Organisation for the Provision of Health Services (EOPYY) to salaried employees who are directly insured and to pensioners, as well as to the spouses of insured persons and pensioners. The benefit is provided to women who choose to give birth at home in order to cover their childbirth costs.

What conditions do I need to meet?

In order to receive the family benefit:

  • Single allowance child support: this benefit is not based on insurance contributions, but is determined on the basis of the overall family income and the number of dependent children. It can reach the amount of EUR 40 per month for each child. The single allowance child support is non-taxable.
  • Special benefit for families with three or more children: provided on the basis of income criteria. In particular, the total family income must not be over EUR 45,000 for families with three children. In cases of families with three children, the benefit is provided if the total family income does not exceed EUR 45,000. This income ceiling increases by EUR 3,000 in cases of families with four children and by EUR 4,000 for every additional child. The special benefit for families with three or more children is taxable.
  • Childbirth benefit: in order to receive the childbirth benefit, you must have accumulated 50 days of insurance during the previous year or during the last 15 months, without however counted the last three months.

What am I entitled to and how can I claim?

  • Single allowance child support: this benefit amounts to EUR 40 per month for every child and is provided on a quarterly basis. The factors taken into account are the number of dependent children, the equivalence scale, the equivalent income and the income category or, otherwise, income class.
  • Special benefit for families with three or more children: the benefit amounts to EUR 500 per year for each child and is paid in three instalments.

In order to receive the family benefits provided by the Unified Social Security Fund (EFKA) (former Agricultural Insurance Organisation, OGA), you must file an A21 application for family benefits online via the TAXISnet website once you have filed your income tax return (E1): http://www.gsis.gr/gsis/info/gsis_site/index.html.

  • Childbirth benefit: the benefit is provided by the Illness Benefit Department of the local insurance unit of the Unified Social Security Fund (EFKA) (former IKA-ETAM) at your place of residence, to which you must submit a birth certificate.

Benefit

Duration of benefit

Amount of benefit

Childbirth benefit

Lump sum

EUR 900 for 1 child, EUR 1,200 for twins and EUR 1,600 for triplets.

Jargon busters

  • Dependent child: children who are born in wedlock, whether biological, adopted or recognised, and who are not older than 18 or 19 years of age, provided they are attending secondary school. In cases of children studying at a tertiary or higher education institution in Greece or at an accredited institution abroad, or at a Vocational Training Institute, the benefit is provided during the term of each child's studies, but cannot under any circumstances be provided after the age of 24. Furthermore, in terms of entitlement to the benefit, dependent children include children with a degree of disability of over 67%, as well as orphaned children who have lost both their parents.
  • Equivalence scale: the equivalence scale is defined as the weighted sum of the members of a family. The one parent has a weighting of 1, the other has a weighting of 1/3 and each dependent child has a weighting of 1/6.
  • Equivalent income: equivalent income is defined as the annual total family income, as stated in the income tax return of the current fiscal year, divided by the equivalence scale.
  • Income category: families entitled to the single allowance child support are divided into three income categories depending on their equivalent income, as follows: families with an income of up to EUR 6,000 receive the full benefit (category A); families with an income from EUR 6,001 to EUR 12,000 (category B) receive 2/3 of the benefit, and families with an income from EUR 12,001 to EUR 18,000 (category C) receive 1/3 of the benefit.

EXAMPLE

A family (two parents) with two dependent children and an income of EUR 16,000.

Equivalence scale: 1 + 1/3 + 1/6 + 1/6 = 1.666

Equivalent income: 16,000/1.666 = 9,604

Income category: B

Family benefit: 80 x (2/3) = EUR 53.33 per month

Forms you may need to fill in

Know your rights

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Who do you need to contact?

Unified Social Security Fund (EFKA)–former Agricultural Insurance Organisation (OGA)
Πατησίων 30/Patision 30,
101 70 Αθήνα/Athens
ΕΛΛΑΔΑ/GREECE
Tel.: +30 2131519100
Website: www.oga.gr/index.php

Region
Department of Health and Welfare
Website: www.ygeiapronoia.gov.gr/site/home/ws.csp

Labour Employment Office (OAED)
Insurance Directorate
International Relations Service
Εθνικής Αντιστάσεως 8/Ethnikis Antistaseos 8
174 56 Άλιμος/Alimos
ΕΛΛΑΔΑ/GREECE
Tel.: +30 2109989000
Website: http://www.oaed.gr/

Citizens Service Centres (Κέντρα Εξυπηρέτησης Πολιτών–ΚΕΠ- KEP)
Tel.: 1500
Website: www.kep.gov.gr/portal/page/portal/kep

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