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Parliamentary questions
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8 January 2019
Question for written answer E-000058-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Maria Grapini (S&D)

 Subject:  Discrimination against citizens of Member States working in another Member State and paying the same taxes as Austrian nationals
 Answer in writing 

EU Member States are under an obligation to ensure that all EU citizens are treated correctly, fairly and in a non-discriminatory manner.

Since 1 January, the Austrian State has pegged the level of child benefit it grants to the cost of living in the Member State in which the child resides, which affects 132 000 children in a number of Member States.

EU citizens working in another Member State pay taxes and contribute to national social welfare systems in the same way as nationals of that country. It follows that they are legally entitled to receive the same benefits.

How is it that a Member State can violate the right of workers to receive social benefits in their country of residence under the same conditions as citizens of that country without discrimination on the basis of nationality? What will the Commission do to prevent discrimination against citizens of other Member States working in Austria and paying the same taxes as Austrian nationals?

Original language of question: RO 
Last updated: 23 January 2019Legal notice