Bucharest city hall OKs 'baby bonus'

2017-06-08 22:00
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Bucharest - Romania's capital will soon offer cash awards for newborn babies in a bid to boost flagging birth rates.

The Bucharest city council voted on Thursday to allocate about $615 for each baby born in a city hospital, as long as at least one parent is a resident of the capital.

The city hall says Romania has one of the steepest population declines in Europe, caused by a falling birth rate and migration. Statisticians predict that by 2026, about 26% of the country's 19 million inhabitants will be over 65.

According to the National Institute for Statistics, about 21 150 babies were born in Bucharest in 2010, while some 19 250 babies were born in 2015.

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