Pellegrini: Austria should pay same child benefit for same taxes

About 40 percent of Slovak nurses and carers working in Austria might consider departure if child benefits are cut.

(Source: TASR)

Slovakia is in disagreement with an Austrian bill aimed at adjusting the level of child benefit for people working in Austria but with dependents abroad to the cost of living in their home countries. Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer) voiced this disagreement during his meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Vienna on May 7.

“If someone pays the same levies and taxes in a particular country, that person should be entitled to the same benefits in that country,” said the PM after meeting with his Austrian counterpart, as cited by the TASR newswire.

Pellegrini added that the bill, aimed at changing the level of child benefit, “might not be fully in line with EU legislation”, nevertheless he respects the attitude of the Austrian government.

Kurz at the press conference rejected claims that the Austrian bill is discriminatory.

“If Slovaks work in Austria and their children live in Austria, they’ll receive the same level of child benefit as any Austrian, Dane or Czech,” he said.

Last week, the Austrian Cabinet approved a bill aimed at changing the level of child benefit for people who work in Austria but whose families remain abroad. If it is greenlighted by parliament, the bill will come into force next year.

Read also:Austrian child benefit bill could be at odds with EU laws

Based on Austrian statistics, in 2016 Slovak parents working in Austria drew child benefit amounting to €63 million for around 30,000 children living in Slovakia. Austria has been paying child benefit for 132,000 children living abroad.

There are currently around 40,000 Slovak nurses and carers working in Austria, with up to 40 percent of them said to be considering leaving the country if child benefit is cut.

The Austrian opposition has warned that the possible departure of Slovak nurses and carers could unpredictably affect the Austrian health-care system as well as care services.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Theme: Peter Pellegrini


Top stories

Coalition demands the right of reply for politicians

Politicians ponder new provisions for the Press Code, Speaker of Parliament Danko wants to defend himself against op-eds too.

The ruling coalition (L-R: SNS-Andrej Danko, Smer-Robert Fico. Most-Híd-Béla Bugár).

Maya expert: The world we live in is not the only one possible

Leading Slovak expert contributes to rewriting Maya history.

Milan Kováč

Slovakia’s Pohoda wins two prestigious European festival awards

The festival organiser praised the awards and says they want to continue and improve the quality of the summer festival.

"They united us." - tribute to Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová at Pohoda 2018.

Theresa May at least has the courage to try

May keeps her job because nobody else is capable, or willing, to take on the impossible task of Brexit.

Theresa May