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Parliamentary questions
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29 October 2014
Question for written answer E-008507-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Elisabetta Gardini (PPE)

 Subject:  Application of Directive 2001/55/EC
 Answer in writing 

Directive 2001/55/EC introduced a special mechanism for dealing with mass influxes into the European Union of displaced persons who cannot return to their home countries because they would face a situation characterised by armed conflict, violence or human rights violations. The directive also sought to promote a balance of efforts between Member States in receiving such persons.

In the light of the findings set out in the fifth annual report on immigration and asylum presented by the Commission to Parliament on 24 September 2014, it should be borne in mind that the war in Syria has forced more than 3 million people to flee the country, according to the latest estimates, and that there has been widespread opposition to the Commission’s proposal that a new voluntary permanent resettlement scheme should be introduced.

1. Does the Commission agree that the sheer numbers of displaced persons fleeing the war in Syria who are seeking to reach or have reached the EU constitutes a mass influx as defined in Article 2(d) of the directive referred to above?

2. Does it also agree that the criteria laid down in the directive have been met and that a proposal under Article 5 should therefore be submitted to the Council?

Original language of question: IT 
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