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Parliamentary questions
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18 December 2019
Question for written answer
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Isabel Santos
 Subject: Access to Tibet and reciprocity

European citizens continue to need special permits and licences to enter the Tibet Autonomous Region. Access is even more difficult for Europeans of Tibetan origin, who face discriminatory policies.

The refusal of visas to our diplomats, parliamentarians and journalists is systematic. 

These restrictions are in complete violation of diplomatic practices and the principle of reciprocity, as Chinese diplomats, parliamentarians, journalists and tourists face no obstacles whatsoever when travelling in Europe.

Members of the European Parliament have repeatedly called for free access to Tibet and reciprocal treatment. In April this year, the then VP/HR for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, called for reciprocal access to Tibet for European journalists and diplomats and their families.

What is the VP/HR position on the problem of access to Tibet and the lack of reciprocity between the EU and China in accessing their respective territories? How does the VP/HR intend to follow up on the calls made by Parliament? Does the VP/HR intend to address the difficulty of access for European citizens in the negotiations with China on a visa facilitation agreement?

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