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Parliamentary questions
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25 June 2018
Question for written answer E-003452-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dubravka Šuica (PPE)

 Subject:  Comments on the measures to prevent different treatment of child benefits
 Answer in writing 

Last month, certain German MEPs reiterated their requests for a discriminatory and populist initiative seeking to reduce social rights, i.e. to reduce the child benefits for the children of ‘EU foreigners’.

The initiative aims to reduce the amount of child benefits payable in respect of the children of guest workers whose families do not live in the same country and to adjust those benefits to the living standards of the countries in which they live.

The different treatment of child benefits for the children of foreign and domestic populations is a violation of the principle of mobility and also of the fundamental values on which the EU is founded.

Given the fact that I already raised this issue with the European Commission at the beginning of this year, asking the Commission to act in respect of such discriminatory measures in Austria, taking into account a large number of Croatian citizens who are contacting me in fear of similar measures possibly being adopted in other Member States, particularly in Germany, as well as the fact that tendencies towards these types of measures still persist, what specific steps has the Commission taken in the meantime to address this problem?

Original language of question: HR 
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