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Parliamentary questions
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10 April 2017
E-002600-17
Question for written answer E-002600-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Elisabeth Köstinger (PPE) , Heinz K. Becker (PPE)

 Subject:  Slavery allegations: Romanian women agricultural workers in Italy
 Answer in writing 

According to media reports, some 7 500 Romanians, predominantly women, are employed as agricultural workers in Italy in horrendous, inhumane conditions(1). These allegations, according to which slavery, sexual violence, kidnapping, extortion and inhumane working conditions are commonplace, must be investigated immediately.

This is a violation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, specifically the ban on slavery and inhuman or degrading treatment. Practices of this kind can on no account be tolerated.

The Commission, as the guardian of the Treaties, has a duty to take action.

1. What has the Commission done to shed light on these appalling allegations/practices, and when will an investigation report be presented?

2. What steps is the Commission taking to prevent inhuman practices of this kind in Europe?

3. How can the European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, which was founded in 2014, take action on this matter?

(1)https://amp.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/mar/12/slavery-sicily-farming-raped-beaten-exploited-romanian-women

Original language of question: DE 
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