“We have approved the Family Act to support parenting, combat the falling birth rate, encourage the growth of children and young people, and the help parents reconcile of family life with work, especially for women,” Premier Giuseppe Conte told reporters after parliament passed the bill.
Italy has suffered a declining birth rate for decades. Some 464,000 births were registered in Italy in 2018 – the lowest on record, ever.
The growing demographic crisis, with births falling and life expectancy rising, is thought to be both a symptom and a cause of Italy's chronically stagnant economy.
The payments will be divided into three income-dependant bracket – €1,500, €2,500 and €3,000.