Cyprus spent 6.69%of social protection budget in family benefits 

Cyprus and Greece rank 7th and 5th lowest in terms of comparative expenditure

The 27 EU Member States spent €301 billion altogether on family benefits in 2017 (2.3% of EU GDP). This represented 8.6% of the total spent on social protection benefits, according to data released by Eurostat, the statistical service of the EU, on the occasion of the Global Day of Parents and International Children`s Day, celebrated every year on 1 June.

The share of social protection expenditure on family benefits varied significantly between EU Member States. It accounted for more than 15% of total social benefits only in Luxembourg (15.3%), followed by Poland (13.4%) and Estonia (13.1%). The lowest shares were registered in the Netherlands (4.2%) and Portugal (4.9%). 

In Cyprus this rate is 6.69% of the total social protection budget (€242.77 million, or €282.45 per inhabitant) and in Greece 5.66% of the total social protection budget (€2.54bn and €236.09 per inhabitant). 

Cyprus and Greece rank 7th and 5th lowest in terms of comparative expenditure and 11th and 9th in relative expenditure per inhabitant.

The annual family benefits expenditure per inhabitant was also highest in Luxembourg (€3,100 per inhabitant), followed by Denmark (€1,700), Sweden (€1,400), Germany (€1,300) and Finland (€1,200). Please note that the value is overestimated for Luxembourg compared with other countries, as a significant proportion of benefits are paid to persons living outside the country. In 2017, three countries had family benefits expenditure below €200 per inhabitant: Romania (€100), Bulgaria (€130) and Lithuania (€180).

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Total number of coronavirus cases announced by Cyprus authorities exceeds 1000, three new confirmed on Saturday
Cyprus authorities announced on Saturday three new confirmed SARS-CoV-2 cases after conducting 1,699 lab tests. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 1,002.
 
One of the persons found positive is Apollon FC football player Djordje Denic, who arrived to the island from Serbia three days ago and underwent a test at the football team’s initiative. The football club issued a press release announcing that the football player tested positive.
 
The other two cases concern people who came into contact with other two confirmed cases announced on June 29 and June 30, as they work with them. The first person found positive, out of these four cases, had come to Cyprus from the US.  The tests for the two persons announced as positive cases today were carried out at the initiative of the company which employees them.
 
A press release issued by the Ministry of Health said that all three positive cases announced on Saturday were detected out of 329 lab tests carried out at the private initiative.  
 
Moreover no positive cases were detected from 157 lab tests carried out in the framework of the programme for checking 10,000 employees who went back to work during phase B and C of easing restrictive measures, from 24 lab tests completed as part of the contact tracing programme, from 834 samples taken from passengers and repatriates, from 97 tests carried out by the Microbiological Labs of  the General Hospitals and from 249 lab tests completed as part of referrals from personal doctors and special groups screening through the public health centres.
 
One patient is currently being treated at Famagusta General Hospital which is the Covid-19 Reference Hospital.

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