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Parliamentary questions
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14 September 2018
Question for written answer E-004670-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Pavel Telička (ALDE) , Michaela Šojdrová (PPE)

 Subject:  Result of examining the compatibility of Austrian practices towards Czech sole traders with EC law
 Answer in writing 

Last year, the European Commission received a complaint about the tough approach of the Austrian authorities towards Czech sole traders, see Question for Written Answer E-004738/17.

Although the Austrian law to combat wage and social dumping does not formally apply to sole traders, the Austrian authorities use it against Czech sole traders. When inspected, the sole traders are marked as ‘employees’ of the company and fined for not having all the necessary documents in order. In addition, the fines are so high that they pose an existential threat to their businesses.

However, Czech sole traders work as subcontractors for Austrian companies on the basis of a trade licence, or directly for Austrian citizens. However, the requirement to have all the documentation available is not applied to Austrian companies.

Does the Commission’s examination of the compatibility of Austrian practices with EC law already have any results, as it mentions in its answer to Question E-004738-17? What measures has it adopted or will it adopt, and what is the conclusion?

If the Commission is yet to reach a result, how long can it be expected to take? In the meantime, sole traders are losing money and contracts, and the situation poses an existential threat to their businesses.

Original language of question: CS 
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