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Parliamentary questions
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26 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005953-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Steeve Briois (ENF) , Dominique Bilde (ENF)

 Subject:  National priority in the allocation of family allowances
 Answer in writing 

The Austrian Government has recently adopted a law which will, as from 1 January 2019, vary family allowances according to the cost of living in the country where the children of workers in Austria are residing. This common-sense approach makes it possible both to free up funds and to for account to be taken of the real social disparities between Member States. What is more, this will be done without treating foreign workers living in Austria with their children any differently from Austrians. Nonetheless, it has not gone down well with the Commission, which has threatened to launch an infraction procedure against the Austrian Government, nor has it impressed MEPs in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, who rejected the principle.

On what grounds can the Commission threaten to launch an infraction procedure against Austria, when the law does not discriminate against foreign children living in Austria?

Original language of question: FR 
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