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Perks of working at EuropeAid: Family allowances

By Elena L. Pasquini05 February 2013

Photo by: Joseph Hoban

Did you know that EuropeAid staffers receive a special grant at the birth of each child? The gift is worth around $270.

The European Commission provides a wide array of benefits to its employees, including allowances supporting the families of those working at headquarters or overseas. As a rule, currently employed permanent officials and contract agents as well as those receiving retirement pension, invalidity allowance or survivor’s pension are all entitled to these family allowances.

Here are the family-related allowances employees at EuropeAid and other agencies of the European Commission enjoy, including their terms and eligibility requirements.

Birth of a child grant
Amount: €198.31
Terms: one time
Eligibility: at the birth of a child; when adopting a child aged below 5; in case of termination of pregnancy after no less than seven months.

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Elena L. Pasquini

Elena Pasquini covers the development work of the European Union as well as various U.N. food and agricultural agencies for Devex News. Based in Rome, she also reports on Italy's aid reforms and attends the European Development Days and other events across Europe. She has interviewed top international development officials, including European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. Elena has contributed to Italian and international magazines, newspapers and news portals since 1995.


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