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Parliamentary questions
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5 May 2015
Question for written answer E-007227-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Franz Obermayr (NI)

 Subject:  Financial support for the Islamophobia Monitoring and Action Network (IMAN)
 Answer in writing 

In 2014 the Islamophobia Monitoring and Action Network (IMAN) published a guide to combating Islamophobia in European countries. The network is run jointly by the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO) and the Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France (CCIF). The guide contains contact details for bodies that people can turn to if they consider they are affected by Islamophobia. The Commission logo appears in the brochure.

Femyso is part of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. Its chair is the daughter of the leader of the Tunisian Ennahda movement. The French organisation CCIF also has a certain profile. An expert described it in the daily Le Figaro as having ‘an aggressive Islamic identity’. And, intriguingly, the bodies to which people are referred for advice are Islamist organisations such as the Islamische Glaubensgemeinschaft Milli Görüs (IGMG) in Germany and the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) in the UK.

1. How much money has the Commission made available for this project and under what budget heading?

2. Why does the Commission continue to make funds available to Islamist groups, evidently without having done sufficient background checking?

3. Are members of FEMYSO or CCIF involved in any current Commission work programmes?

Original language of question: DE 
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