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Parliamentary questions
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14 June 2018
Question for written answer E-003234-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
João Ferreira (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Criminalisation of NGOs engaged in search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean
 Answer in writing 

At recent meetings with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) engaged in search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, it has emerged that European governments have been bringing pressure to bear on them, even seeking to outlaw their members and their activities.

Furthermore, NGO representatives point out that their work is vital, given the indifference and inaction of the EU and of national governments when it comes to humanitarian missions of this nature. They also object to the lack of humanity shown by those responsible for the expulsion of migrants, with which EU agencies are directly involved.

In view of this, can the Commission share any information in its possession regarding legal proceedings against NGOs or any of their members engaged in search and rescue operations to assist migrants?

What view does it take of this situation? Can it also give details regarding EU support for the NGOs in question?

Original language of question: PT 
Last updated: 28 June 2018Legal notice