Published On: Thu, Jan 11th, 2018

Austria sparks EU FURY with plan to slash advantages for international kids


The nation’s coalition authorities led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, together with Freedom Occasion chief Heinz-Christian Strache stated they might press forward with the cost-cutting drive, and are adamant it doesn’t break EU guidelines banning discrimination.

Mr Kurz believes the transfer may save about €114 million.

The transfer although has been met with condemnation from different European Union nations.

MEP Romana Tomc, the previous state secretary and candidate for the Slovenian presidential election, stated the proposal was “unacceptable”.

She stated: “Austria is popping kids from EU residents into first and second-class kids by utilizing this populist transfer.

“Slovenes working in Austria pay equally into the Austrian social system like Austrians, why ought to they get out much less?”

Ms Tomc requested the European Fee to make clear whether or not household allowance indexing quantities to discrimination.

She claimed this was prohibited underneath Article 21 of the EU Treaty.

The Fee has six weeks to answer her request.

In line with Ms Tomc, the plan would have an effect on 10,600 kids in Slovenia. 

The Federal Authorities expects a complete of 132,000 kids – primarily in Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Romania and Slovenia to be affected.

Ms Tomc stated: “I’m satisfied that there isn’t a majority within the Social Committee of the European Parliament for an indexation of social advantages.”

EU Social Affairs Commissioner Marianne Thyssen stated that indexing requires an excessive amount of administrative work. 

In 2016, some €273 million of the €four.four billion in Austria’s household allowances went to different EU nations.

Of those, most went to kids dwelling in Hungary – €53 million. If the indexation happened, this quantity would shrink to €29 million.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has already introduced his opposition to this reduce.

Austria’s plan is a part of a broader authorities agenda that features chopping taxes, decreasing advantages for refugees and limiting new immigrants’ entry to many social companies for 5 years.

Mr Kurz’s cupboard was sworn in on December 18, two months after his conservative Individuals’s Occasion received the parliamentary election. 

It struck a coalition take care of the anti-immigration Freedom Occasion (FPO), making Austria the one western European nation with a far-right celebration in authorities.

Austria borders eight nations, together with the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia, the place wages are considerably decrease. 

Jap Europeans make up a big a part of its workforce in sectors together with healthcare and building.

Extra reporting by Monika Pallenberg


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