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Coalition Council agrees on details of social measures

Besides going ahead with Christmas bonuses to pensioners at the end of 2008, the governing coalition also agreed on the future transformation of this bonus to a regular thirteenth payment, Prime Minister Robert Fico said at a press conference in Bratislava following the Coalition Council meeting on July 1.

Besides going ahead with Christmas bonuses to pensioners at the end of 2008, the governing coalition also agreed on the future transformation of this bonus to a regular thirteenth payment, Prime Minister Robert Fico said at a press conference in Bratislava following the Coalition Council meeting on July 1.

In connection with this year's growing fuel prices, the Finance Ministry expects to earn Sk1 billion (€33 million) in VAT, which it plans to use to create a system of emergency shelters with lodging and food, Fico explained. A sum of Sk1.2 billion should be set aside to help disabled people. Additionally, the Coalition partners agreed on an increase in the children's bonus by Sk1,200 (€40) a year for each child, raising the monthly allowance from its current Sk540 (€18) to Sk640 (€21). There was also consent on plans to raise the one-off birth bonus at the birth of a second child and eventually for a third child as well. TASR

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