More children, more benefits

Given Greece’s demographic problem and the objective difficulties facing families with many children, measures and programs to protect that vulnerable social group should be high on the state agenda. The recent decision by the National Economy Ministry to allow families with many children to purchase a tax-free car amounts to indirect financial support and as such must be welcomed. But the measure is clearly not enough. The needs of families with many children are not one-off but constant: For example, they need all-day nursery schools that can offer a high standard of service. Furthermore, families with more than three children have to put up with higher education costs than the average family. The ministry should focus on creating infrastructure projects that cover the substantial needs described above. After all, the cost of buying a car is something that most of these families can meet.