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Parliamentary questions
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14 March 2019
E-001347-19
Question for written answer E-001347-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Franz Obermayr (ENF)

 Subject:  Verifying the identity of IS combatants in Northern Syria
 Answer in writing 

According to a press release published on 18 February 2019 by the Society for Threatened Peoples (GfbV), there is a danger of 800 IS fighters being set free in the event of a Turkish military operation in Northern Syria(1). This is viewed as critical in the sense that, on the one hand, IS fighters from Europe will be able to return to Europe without their origins being registered by the authorities in Northern Syria(2) , and on the other that the lack of consular access to the region(3) means that the Member States will be unable to honour their obligation to take back their own citizens if these have no identification.

(1) Is the GfbV’s assessment of the danger that IS members will be set free if Turkish forces enter Northern Syria a generally-held view?

(2) Does the Commission see a need for an EU-level solution whereby IS combatants in Northern Syria would be registered in order to protect the EU’s citizens?

(3) Has the Commission already taken steps to monitor the entry of IS fighters into the EU?

(1)https://www.gfbv.de/de/news/nordsyrien-aussenminister-maas-augenwischerei-vorgeworfen-9592
(2)https://www.gfbv.de/de/news/nordsyrien-aussenminister-maas-augenwischerei-vorgeworfen-9592
(3)https://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2019-02/syrien-haftbefehl-is-kaempfer-forderung-rueckholung-gruene

Original language of question: DE 
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