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Parliamentary questions
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17 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001923-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Paul Tang (S&D)

 Subject:  SS pensions

Recently published research from across Europe shows that Germany pays monthly disability allowances to former members of the Waffen SS. Among the recipients are collaborators and possible suspects of war crimes. Recipients of the allowances live in at least ten EU Member States, which makes it a European issue.

1. Is the Commission willing to raise this issue at EU level, since so many Member States are involved?

2. Is the Commission aware of the fact that only in 99 cases have benefits been withdrawn in accordance with the 1998 reform of the Federal War Victims Relief Act (Bundesversorgungsgesetz — BVG), which allows the denial of benefits if the claimant has violated the principles of humanity or the rule of law?

3. To what extent is Germany obliged to share the identities of the recipients in compliance with EU taxation law?


(1)This question is supported by a Member other than the author: Tanja Fajon (S&D), José Inácio Faria (PPE), Ana Gomes (S&D), Thomas Händel (GUE/NGL), Agnes Jongerius (S&D), Sabine Lösing (GUE/NGL), Martina Michels (GUE/NGL), Péter Niedermüller (S&D), Pina Picierno (S&D), Tonino Picula (S&D), Christine Revault d’Allonnes Bonnefoy (S&D), Frédérique Ries (ALDE), Helmut Scholz (GUE/NGL),Tibor Szanyi (S&D), Kathleen Van Brempt (S&D), Peter van Dalen (ECR).

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