The new Austrian child benefit rules for EU-citizens in breach in the opinion of the EU Commission on European law. The Brussels authority launched on Thursday an infringement procedure against Austria, the child adapts for the payment of money to the cost of living in the state of residence of the child.

The so-called indexation of the family allowance, it was decided last October by the Austrian Parliament. Thus, foreign families, whose children in the home, only children money can get adjusted to the usual cost-of-living. This has significant cuts, for example, for Hungarians and Slovaks.

Minister for family Affairs, Juliane Bogner-Strauß (ÖVP) has included the initiation of the procedure left. “We continue to believe that the solution we have adopted is in line with European law,” said Bogner-Strauss, the Austrian news Agency APA on Thursday. Provided that the Commission could not by the Austrian arguments to convince, ultimately, the European court of justice, on the train.

In Germany there was a discussion of such an approach. The German authorities have paid in the past year, child benefit in the amount of approximately 402 million euros abroad. Among the nearly 252.000 children, for the children, money to European countries or Turkey has been transferred, formed the Polish children (123.855) is the largest group.

CSU was similar to the application

The Remittances have increased in the past five years. 2012 was gone, according to information from the Federal government children’s allowance in the amount of approximately 75 million euros abroad.

The CSU had presented in June in the Federal Council a request for the adjustment of the amount of children’s allowance to the cost of living in the country in which the child lives. The Finance Committee however decided to postpone its discussions on the Initiative for an indefinite period of time. As a reason, the concerns of the EU Commission apply.