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31 January 2019

Major interpellation for written answer with debate G-000001/2019

to the Commission

Rule 130b

Daniel Buda, Theodor Dumitru Stolojan, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Adina-Ioana Vălean, Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, Mihai Ţurcanu, Csaba Sógor, Siegfried Mureşan, Emil Radev, Milan Zver, Romana Tomc, Ivana Maletić, Michaela Šojdrová, Marijana Petir, Dubravka Šuica, Danuta Jazłowiecka, Krzysztof Hetman, Franc Bogovič, Anna Záborská, Željana Zovko, Marek Plura, Dariusz Rosati, Tamás Deutsch, Kinga Gál, Norbert Erdős, László Tőkés, Andrea Bocskor, András Gyürk, György Schöpflin, Andor Deli, Pál Csáky, Vladimir Urutchev, Michał Boni, Lívia Járóka, Andrey Kovatchev, Asim Ademov, Stanislav Polčák, Eva Maydell, Ivica Tolić, Alojz Peterle

  Subject: Breaches of the rights of children whose parents work in Austria

 Answer in plenary 

Last year the Austrian Parliament adopted a normative act under which childcare allowances for foreign workers whose children do not reside together with them in Austria need to be adjusted in accordance with the provisions of their country of origin. This measure would lead to a substantial reduction from 1 January 2019 in allowances paid for children residing in eastern Europe. European workers must have equal rights; the Commission must no longer tolerate discriminatory actions that affect the idea of unity and solidarity at European level and that could strengthen belief within the Union in the existence of first- and second-class citizens.

What is the opinion of the Commission regarding the compatibility of the new Austrian legislation on the indexation of childcare benefits with EU law?

What measures does the Commission intend to take in response to the violation of the EU rights of these workers and of their children?

If the Commission plans on taking steps, how will it proceed in a timely manner, taking into account the fact that many families are already facing financial difficulties as a result of the Austrian measures?


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