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Parliamentary questions
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9 October 2017
E-006310-17
Question for written answer E-006310-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Bendt Bendtsen (PPE) , Christel Schaldemose (S&D)

 Subject:  Medical emergency services in Poland
 Answer in writing 

Falck Medycyna is a Danish company which has operated in Poland since 2004. It has invested in innovation and development, employed Polish citizens and has paid Polish taxes, thus investing Danish capital to develop and build the Polish economy.

However, the Polish Government is currently drafting a regulation which will only allow medical emergency services that are 51% state-owned to operate on the Polish market. This will either force Falck out of the market or oblige it to sell its majority of shares to the Polish Government.

In addition, the Polish Government is currently drafting a regulation under which the only authorised medical emergency services would be those operated by local authorities and supervised by the Voivodes (the Polish provincial governors).

Is the situation described above compatible with the EU’s treaty-based four freedoms, and in particular with the free movement of goods, freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services, as well as the principles deriving therefrom, such as non-discrimination and proportionality?

What action is the Commission taking to ensure that the rule of law is upheld in Poland, and in particular with regard to the situation described above?

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