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The Ministry of Social Affairs and Youth will set up a task force for family matters and domestic relations whose opinion will be taken into account by the government before it decides whether to amend the existing Family Law or embark on elaborating a new law, Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic's cabinet concluded on Wednesday.

The Constitutional Court has requested information from the government regarding plans in this sector after it received ten motions for launching proceedings to assess whether the current Family Law was in line with the Constitution.

Social Affairs and Youth Minister Bernardica Juretic said at the government meeting that the Constitutional Court had given a 60-day deadline to the government to respond to all objections to the existing legislation if it decided not to amend it and not to make a new law.

According to her, some of the objections refer to informed consent from a child for medical and surgical procedures to be carried out on him or her, the protection of family home, regulation of parental custody after divorces, regulation of extramarital union, etc.

In order to prepare satisfactory responses for the Constitutional Court, the ministry will set up a task force to deal with those issues and assess the effects of the current legislation, and it will provide guidelines for the government's opinion, Juretic said.

Several lawyers, a few nongovernmental organisations and activists have launched procedures before the Constitutional Court regarding the existing Family Law.

Before the government's session Juretic said that this year's budget would allocate 1,000 euros for each newborn child, which was one of the HDZ's promises in the election campaign.

"There will be funds in this year's budget for 1,000 euros for each newborn child," Juretic told reporters while arriving to the government building in St. Mark's Square.

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