The Estonian Government approved an amendment to the regulation of the Government of the Republic of Estonia regarding an increase in the financial support provided to a conscript and a child of a conscript to 115 and 900 Euros per month, respectively.
“An increase in the financial support to a child of a conscript helps to provide essential necessities for children at a time, when one income-earning member of a household is fulfilling their national duty,” said the Minister of Defence, Kalle Laanet.
The amount of the existing support to a child of a conscript, which is currently 300 Euros per month, was determined on the basis of the amount derived from the Family Law Act of the Republic of Estonia that would, at least partly, cover the decrease of income for the household.
“After the enforcement of the amendment, the amount of financial support to a child of a conscript will be 900 Euros, which is almost three times the minimum amount of support,” said the Minister of Defence.
The amount of the allowance to a conscript will increase from 100 to 115 Euros and thereafter, the increase of the support will be related to changes in the consumer price index.
“The financial support to a conscript was last increased in 2015. Hereafter, we will review the amount every three years, we will take into account changes that have occurred since the last increase as well as the prognoses for the next three years,” added Laanet.
When the military ranks of Corporal or Leading Seaman are granted before nine months, the amount will be 140 Euros per month. If a conscript with the military rank of Private, Seaman, Corporal or Leading Seaman is in the 11-month conscript service, the amount is 170 Euros per month starting from the ninth month. Other financial support to conscripts will be derive from completed training and military ranks: Sergeant Junior or Petty Officer 3rd class – 200 Euros per month; and Sergeant or Petty Officer 2nd class – 230 Euros per month.
The amendment will enter into force on July 1 of this year.
The financial support to the children of the individuals fulfilling their national service includes both conscripts in the military service and those who are completing their national service through civilian work.
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