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Parliamentary questions
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20 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Christine Anderson
 Subject: EU funding allocations to the Workers’ Welfare Association (AWO) and ingenuity in the association in closing the gender pay gap

The Federation of Workers’ Welfare Associations (Bundesverband der Arbeiterwohlfahrt AWO e.V.) receives EU funding both directly, for example from CEDEFOP, and via its subdivisions, e.g. AWO Berlin from the European Social Fund, AWO Nürnberg from the European Return Fund and AWO Bremerhaven from the European Refugee Fund.

What EU funding, broken down by amount, subdivision, project and year since 2013, does the Federal Association of Workers’ Organisations AWO e.V. receive directly or via its subdivisions?

The Frankfurt AWO District Association is reported to have placed the wife of Mayor Feldmann in the highest pay grade as soon as her contract came into effect (the statutory length of time to reach that pay grade is 16 years) (1) .

Does the Commission consider that appointing the wife of a senior employer at a particular pay grade might be an appropriate way of combating the gender pay gap?

Feldmann himself is said to have held an occupancy management post at the Johanna Kirchner Foundation – part of AWO Frankfurt – before his election, although according to the above-mentioned media report he was mainly concerned with his election campaign.

Question 3. Does the Commission check to ensure that bodies for which funding has been approved do not have questionable human-resource and institutional connections and that EU funds are not misused, for example by being diverted to help finance election campaigns?

Supporters (2)

(1) Hessenschau: ‘Wife of Mayor of Frankfurt receives higher salary than is usual’.
(2) This question is supported by Members other than the author: Markus Buchheit (ID), Sylvia Limmer (ID), Maximilian Krah (ID), Joachim Kuhs (ID)
Original language of question: DE
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