JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker's spokeswoman has issued a warning to countries looking to turn their back on Brussels' amid speculation of an impending showdown with Austria's new leadership.
Mina Andreeva, spokesperson of European Commission, was quizzed about the policy announcement, after the bloc shot down similar proposals from Germany last year.
Asked whether the European Commission had since changed its mind, she grinned and said: "Well, you importantly said if! It's not clear whether this proposal becomes policy.
"We take note of the announcement, we will closely monitor and examine the laws compatibility with the EU once adopted."
The European Commission criticised Germany last year for a similar plan to cut child benefits, which was later abandoned due to Europe-wide pressure.
Brussels will hope to exert the same control this time around, amid fears that Austria could form alliances with countries that have stood up to the EU, including Poland and Hungary.