Social Policy and Youth Minister Bernardica Juretic said on Saturday that her ministry's budget for this year would not be cut and that all social welfare entitlements would stay the same as last year.
Speaking on Croatian Radio, Juretic said she realised that welfare allowances were not high but that one must be aware the reality of the situation and that the need for welfare measures would be smaller once the economy developed.
The welfare policy is perceived as help to the poorest, but it should be based on the prevention of what we are dealing with now, including aid programmes for young people so that they stay in Croatia and start a family, Juretic said.
She said a task force analysing the applicability of the Family Act would meet next week to see if the Act should be amended or a new one adopted in the wake of several constitutional complains against it. She also announced amendments to the Social Welfare Act to simplify administrative procedures and facilitate dealing with beneficiaries.
She said European Union would poorly absorbed last year, so she intends to step up absorption for the development of social entrepreneurship.