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Parliamentary questions
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23 May 2012
Question for written answer E-005239/2012
to the Commission
Rule 117
Konrad Szymański (ECR) and Martin Kastler (PPE)

 Subject: Funds from the EU budget for forced sterilisation in Vietnam
 Answer in writing 

There is currently evidence that the Government of Vietnam is involved in coercive reproductive health programmes in the country's Central Highlands. According to the Degar Montagnard people, the Vietnamese Government has taken abusive measures, including forced surgical sterilisation. In 2009, Marie Stopes International received EUR 1 837 855 from the Commission for a programme called ‘Building Capacity in Local Authority and Private Sector Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare providers in Vietnam and Cambodia’.

In addition, the Government of Vietnam has received EUR 43 million from the Development and Cooperation Instrument, aid money intended to help reduce poverty in Vietnam. The EU budget has specific provisions that are meant to prohibit and combat forced sterilisation. Budget line 19 10 01 01, funding Vietnam, states that it is also ‘intended to be used, with due regard for the Financial Regulation, to improve the situation of women, with priority for actions in the fields of health and education’.

Is the Commission aware that Vietnam is involved in forced sterilisation practices?
Can the Commission demonstrate that Marie Stopes International and the Government of Vietnam are not using Development and Cooperation Instrument funds to forcibly sterilise the Montagnard people?

 OJ C 173 E, 19/06/2013
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