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Parliamentary questions
20 March 2018
Answer given by Ms Thyssen on behalf of the Commission

As the Commission referred in its reply to Written Question E-001852/2017, the European Union's social security coordination Regulations(1) lay down common rules for the payment of family benefits for workers employed in another Member State. Under these rules, mobile workers are entitled to the same child allowances as local workers, irrespective of the place of residence of the children concerned.

The Commission believes that these rules are based on a fair and straightforward principle, which is at the essence of the single market and which has proved its worth over time: for the same contributions paid in a work context, the same benefits should be accrued and should apply. This approach is in line with the approach defended by the Commission in other files, such as its proposal to revise the directive on the posting of workers(2) on the basis of the principle that workers have the right to the same pay for the same work at the same place.

As regards the measures planned by Austria in relation to indexation of child benefits, the Commission will examine the relevant legislation on its compatibility with EC law if and once adopted. It reminds that the Treaty forbids any discrimination of workers on the basis of nationality, either direct or indirect.

(1)Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the coordination of social security systems, OJ L 166, 30.4.2004, p. 1; Regulation (EC) No 987/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 September 2009 laying down the procedure for implementing Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 on the coordination of social security systems, OJ L 284, 30.10.2009, p. 1.
(2)COM(2016) 128 final.

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