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9 April 2015
E-005596-15
Question for written answer E-005596-15
to the Council
Rule 130
Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Ignazio Corrao (EFDD) , Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD) , Tiziana Beghin (EFDD) , Laura Agea (EFDD) , Eleonora Evi (EFDD) , Laura Ferrara (EFDD) , Dario Tamburrano (EFDD) , Marco Valli (EFDD) , Giulia Moi (EFDD) , Rosa D'Amato (EFDD) , Marco Zullo (EFDD) , Marco Affronte (EFDD) , Barbara Spinelli (GUE/NGL) , Marc Tarabella (S&D) , Nicola Caputo (S&D) , Remo Sernagiotto (PPE) , Eleftherios Synadinos (NI) , Ivan Jakovčić (ALDE) , Hilde Vautmans (ALDE) , José Blanco López (S&D) , Ilhan Kyuchyuk (ALDE) , Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE) , Ivo Vajgl (ALDE) , Aldo Patriciello (PPE) , Fernando Maura Barandiarán (ALDE) , Georgios Epitideios (NI) , Elisabetta Gardini (PPE) , Michela Giuffrida (S&D) , Ivo Belet (PPE) , Igor Šoltes (Verts/ALE) , Milan Zver (PPE)

 Subject:  Responsibilities of football clubs at international sporting events
 Answer in writing 

On 19 February, fans of the Dutch football team Feyenoord gathered in the famous Piazza di Spagna in Rome, in anticipation of the match against AS Roma being held that very evening.

Over the course of the afternoon, the Dutch fans assembled in the Piazza scattered litter throughout and launched empty bottles — even kicking them — into the Barcaccia fountain situated at the foot of the stairs leading to the church of Trinità dei Monti. The fountain had recently been restored at a cost of more than EUR 200 000.

There were numerous disturbances and reports of violence at the Villa Borghese gardens and the Campo de' Fiori square, where the Italian police were forced into clashes with the Dutch hooligans in an attempt to restore order.

In addition, a total of 15 out of the 26 buses laid on by the Italian public transit company ATAC S.p.A. to transport fans to the stadium were seriously damaged and to date remain unusable for the purposes of public transport.

In light of the above, can the Council please answer the following questions:
How is implementation of the ‘2014‐2016 EU work programme on minimising risks to safety, security and public order in connection with sports events, in particular football matches’ progressing in the Member States?
Does the Council not deem it appropriate for intervention programmes to include a liability clause against football clubs in respect of any damage caused during international sporting events in which at least one Member State is involved?
Original language of question: IT 
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