Answer given by Ms Vassiliou on behalf of the Commission
As a preliminary remark, the Commission would like to note that the question is no longer relevant as the Italian Government has withdrawn the proposal to tax study grants. In any case, it should be noted that, under European Union (EU) law, Member States have broad freedom to impose taxation in a way that best fits their domestic policy objectives, once they comply with EU rules such as on non-discrimination. Given the Member States' responsibility for the organisation and the content of vocational training, the Commission is unable to comment further on the possible effects of the said measure on the access to professional training for trainee specialists.
The Commission has no information which would allow it to answer this question regarding the average pay across Europe of trainee medical specialists.
Finally, the Commission does not have the competence to propose any measure to harmonise the pay of grant holders, either under the social policy or the education and training provisions of the TFEU. Both Articles 153 and 166 TFEU expressly exclude any harmonisation of the laws and regulations of the Member States in such matters.