Cyprus has the third lowest share of expenditure on disability in the EU, Eurostat reported on Thursday.
In 2018, EU member states spent approximately €276 billion on disability benefits, accounting for 7.6 per cent of the total spent on social protection benefits.
The share varied significantly among member states.
While Cyprus spent 4.6 per cent of its total social protection benefits on disability benefits, only Greece with 4.1 per cent and Malta, 3.6 per cent, spent less.
The highest share was observed in Denmark, 15 per cent, followed by Estonia (11.4 per cent) and Luxembourg (10.4 per cent).
“Since 2010, the share of social protection expenditure on disability benefits in the European Union has remained stable,” the statistical service noted.