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Parliamentary questions
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16 July 2019
Question for written answer E-002288-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
István Ujhelyi (S&D)

 Subject:  European family allowance
 Answer in writing 

More than a quarter of families in Hungary live below the minimum subsistence level. According to data from Eurostat, 26 million children in Europe (one child in four) are living with the threat of future income poverty and social exclusion. In Hungary this proportion is 41.4%, which puts us in third place among the Member States, with only Romania and Bulgaria in a worse position. A primary aim of the European Left is for immediate, joint European action to end child poverty. Every Member State government must work towards the same goal. We call for efforts to reduce child poverty to be linked, on the basis of specific proposals, to social investment.

In the Commission’s view, how can a uniform European minimum family allowance in line with the European programme of the Hungarian Socialist Party be introduced in the Member States?

Is the Commission in favour of reaching an agreement on the feasibility of introducing a uniform European minimum family allowance system?

Does the Commission think that one way of financing such a system might be for a ‘multinational tax’ to be levied on multinationals paying minimal taxes in Europe?

Original language of question: HU 
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