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Parliamentary questions
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11 November 2014
Question for written answer E-009044-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Charles Tannock (ECR)

 Subject:  The Forum of Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (Femyso)
 Answer in writing 

The Forum of Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (Femyso) is a pan-European umbrella group for young Muslims, which has been in operation since 1996. The Brussels-based group seeks to advise and influence mosques and Islamic groups across the EU, facilitating development, networking and cooperation between European Muslim youth and student organisations. Furthermore, it seeks to be those groups’ representative voice within all of the EU institutions.

The group reportedly has a number of links with the Muslim Brotherhood movement, including its President, Ms Intissar Kherigi, who is the daughter of the Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mr Rachid Ghannouchi, reported to be one of the most important leaders in the Global Muslim Brotherhood.

In April 2014 Femyso issued the ‘Green up! Toolkit’, a guide for mosques and Islamic groups in the EU Member States. For this particular initiative, the group appears to have received funding from the European Youth Foundation, a project funded by the Council of Europe. With this in mind:
1. Has the Commission provided funding to Femyso, and if so, what amount of funding has it provided in the years 2010-2014?
2. Has Femyso or its associates provided any advice or consultation to the Commission as part of its external engagement processes?
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