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Parliamentary questions
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7 September 2016
E-006749-16
Question for written answer E-006749-16
to the Council
Rule 130
Bruno Gollnisch (NI)

 Subject:  New laissez-passer for MEPs
 Answer in writing 

A new laissez-passer, which is being issued to MEPs on request, was established under Council Regulation (EU) No 1417/2013 of 17 December 2013 laying down the form of the laissez-passer issued by the European Union.

Unlike the document issued during previous legislatures, however, the new biometric document makes no mention of the fact that the holder is an MEP. Worse, however, is that it explicitly states that it has no diplomatic force, although under the Protocol on the privileges and immunities of the European Union, MEPs have the same immunities as diplomats in all Member States, which should be indicated on the document.

Lastly, holders of the document are advised to carry it with them at all times, together with their national passport, even in the EU.

Can it not be concluded that this document is as useless as it is technologically sophisticated?

Original language of question: FR 
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