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Parliamentary questions
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1 September 2015
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-007777/2015

The Commission is not aware of the alleged incidents referred to by the Honourable Member, nor of any evidence of this kind. The Commission will take appropriate steps to investigate any events where evidence suggests that unlawful measures are being taken by national authorities.

As part of the package of measures introduced in the European Agenda on Migration in May 2015, the Commission proposed guidelines for Member States to refer to when fingerprinting irregular migrants and applicants for international protection.(1) These guidelines provide for a proposed common best practice approach to taking fingerprints under the Eurodac Regulation and EC law. Any coercive measures used by Member States must be proportionate, justified and respect the dignity and physical integrity of the individual concerned. Moreover, children under the age of 14 should not be fingerprinted.

The Commission fully endorses the rights of children as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, including the right to liberty. The administrative detention of children is restricted under EC law and should only be used as a last resort after it has been considered that other less coercive measures cannot be applied effectively. This is set out in Article‐ of the Reception Conditions Directive 2013/33/EU, which applies from 20 July 2015.

(1)SWD (2015) 150 final.

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