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Parliamentary questions
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19 December 2016
Question for written answer E-009558-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Tanja Fajon (S&D) , Franc Bogovič (PPE) , Romana Tomc (PPE) , Milan Zver (PPE) , Ivo Vajgl (ALDE)

 Subject:  Discriminatory Austrian legislation
 Answer in writing 

At the start of the year, Austria brought in stricter legislation to protect against social dumping. However, as the stricter rules only apply to non-Austrian European firms it means Austria is applying double standards in the single market in contravention of EC law, as such discrimination runs counter to single market values.

Foreign companies, especially those from neighbouring countries like Slovenia, which do a lot of business in Austria, are suffering serious consequences from these restrictive measures.

— What action will the Commission take to prevent this targeted discrimination, which is harming non-Austrian companies?— Does it consider Austria’s actions to be in violation of Article 15 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union on the freedom to choose an occupation and right to engage in work?

Original language of question: SL 
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