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Parliamentary questions
23 May 2011
E-005029/2011
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Sophia in ’t Veld (ALDE) , Jean-Marie Cavada (PPE) , Joanna Senyszyn (S&D) , Raül Romeva i Rueda (Verts/ALE) , Michael Cashman (S&D) , Rui Tavares (GUE/NGL) , Renate Weber (ALDE) , Norbert Neuser (S&D) , Françoise Castex (S&D) , Cornelis de Jong (GUE/NGL) , Ulrike Lunacek (Verts/ALE) , Antonyia Parvanova (ALDE) , Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE) and Jean Lambert (Verts/ALE)

 Subject: Hungarian anti-abortion campaign partly financed by EU's Progress programme
 Answer(s) 

On 4 May 2011, the Hungarian Junior Minister of Social Policy, Mr Miklos Soltesz, announced a nation-wide campaign: ‘Balance in the family + balance at work = balance in the world’. Part of this campaign will focus on discouraging abortion; this particular ad campaign shows a foetus and displays the slogan: ‘I understand if you are not ready for me … but please put me up for adoption, LET ME LIVE’(1).

In an official statement, the Hungarian Government declared that the awareness-raising campaigns are largely funded from the European Union's Progress fund(2). Is the Commission aware of the fact that its Progress funds, designed to support the implementation of the European Union social agenda, are being used to finance an anti-abortion campaign? If so, can the Commission confirm that the grant is being given under the heading ‘improvement of gender mainstreaming in national policies and programmes (VP2010/009)’, and explain how this campaign supports the EU policy of promoting gender equality and non-discrimination?

If not, can the Commission explain how the procedure for supervising the implementation of the funds is structured?

(1)http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2011/05/05/hungary%E2%80%99s-government-to-launch-anti-abortion-campaign/?mod=google_news_blog
(2)http://www.kormany.hu/hu/nemzeti-eroforras-miniszterium/szocialis-csaladi-es-ifjusagugyert-felelos-allamtitkarsag/hirek/eselyegyenloseg-a-csaladokert

 OJ C 365 E, 15/12/2011
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