02:12 GMT06 May 2021
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    The European Commission will barely reduce amount of child benefits for the residents of EU countries, living in non-native member states of the 28-nation bloc.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In November, a group of Austrian politicians sent a letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker asking him to reduce the sums of money that could be received by the EU citizens, who live in other states of the 28-nation bloc, but their children live in their native countries. The ministers claimed that the move could save Austria about 100 million euros ($106 million) a year.

    The European Commission will not agree with the proposal of the Austrian politicians, the Austrian Kurier newspaper reported on Monday, citing an internal paper of the European Commission.

    The newspaper added that implementation of the politicians' call would make social systems of the bloc too complicated and would not result in expected economic benefits.

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