Introducing paternity leave along with allowances would cost the state €10m, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou told MPs on Thursday.
Based on an actuarial study, introducing paternity leave would cost the state an additional €10m and would entail a raise in contributions, Emilianidou said.
“There is no doubt that it must be done. It is also an EU requirement,” Emilianidou said. However, she added, raising contributions at this point would “create a huge problem.”
The minister said there will be an exchange of views in a bid to find the best way of introducing the scheme.
The proposal, which seeks to eliminate discrimination by offering fathers a total of four weeks leave – two before or after birth or adoption and two after the mother returns to work — had been tabled by EDEK.
Mothers receive four months of paid leave.