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Parliamentary questions
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28 November 2017
E-007318-17
Question for written answer E-007318-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marina Albiol Guzmán (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Offshoring of EUIPO computer services
 Answer in writing 

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), one of the decentralised EU agencies, based in Alicante, recently awarded the contract for maintaining and developing its computer systems to Sopra Steria, a company that will provide its services from its facilities in India. With this decision, some 150 people who used to perform those duties in Alicante will lose their jobs.

— Does the Commission consider the offshoring of services to outside the EU by European agencies proper?

— Does this sort of decision help the decentralised EU agencies to achieve their goals, such as to ‘help make Europe more competitive and a better place to live and work, thus serving the interests of EU residents as a whole’?

Original language of question: ES 
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