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Parliamentary questions
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22 March 2019
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000218/2019

The issue of organ harvesting should be seen in the context of a serious deterioration of the human rights situation in China, particularly as regards to civil and political rights.

In line with the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 12 December 2013, the European External Action Service has repeatedly expressed its concerns over the secrecy that surrounds both death penalty and organ transplant statistics in China, which makes it impossible to gain an accurate picture of the source of transplanted organs in that country.

In 2014, the EU suggested that this could be an area where enhanced EU-China cooperation would be possible, on the basis of the ‘Action Plan on Organ Donation and Transplantation (2009-2015): Strengthened Cooperation between Member States’ that addresses, inter alia, the issue of organ availability in the Member States. However, China has not responded positively with regard to such cooperation.

The EU will continue to address the human rights situation in China through various channels, both bilaterally and multilaterally.

Last updated: 3 April 2019Legal notice