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Parliamentary questions
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11 March 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ljudmila Novak
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Improving the situation of cross-border commuters in the EU

Cross-border commuters make a great contribution to the European economy. Unfortunately, despite years of warnings, including those voiced in parliamentary questions, they continue to face many challenges in terms of taxation, social security, and labour law. These make it difficult for cross-border commuters to exercise their right to freedom of movement (1) . This shows that bilateral activities between countries and the Commission’s activities have not been sufficient and that more needs to be done.

The President of the Commission has pledged a Europe that will improve social justice, prosperity and fair taxation (2) . Since we need to put people first in Europe, cross-border commuters rightly expect proposals from the Commission that will improve their situation. The adoption of tax legislation by the Council cannot be an excuse for no change taking place.

In view of the above:

What will the Commission do to improve the situation of cross-border commuters, in particular in terms of taxation, given its pledge of a more socially just Europe? 


(1)https://rm.coe.int/fair-distribution-of-taxes-in-transfrontier-areas-potential-conflicts-/168097f09d,http://ec.europa.eu/social/BlobServlet?docId=13536&langId=en; https://www.etuc.org/en/document/etucs-recommendations-how-overcome-obstacles-mobility-frontier-workers-europe
Original language of question: SL
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