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Parliamentary questions
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15 February 2019
E-000869-19
Question for written answer E-000869-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nuno Melo (PPE)

 Subject:  Humanitarian crisis in Venezuela
 Answer in writing 

A food shortage and the unavailability of more than 80% of medicines in Venezuela has led to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis that is affecting both the local people and the Portuguese community in the country.

The Civil Society of Venezuelans in Lisbon (Venexos) is a private non-profit institution that was born out of the will of a group of Venezuelans and Portuguese Venezuelans integrated into Portuguese society.

So far, Venexos has not received any assistance from Portugal. All of its projects are developed thanks to the commitment and motivation of its members, volunteers and small private donations.

Recently, Venexos, together with the PAHPV — Humanitarian Aid Programme for Venezuela — created the ‘Medicines for Venezuela’ project, through which more than 3.2 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies have been sent to various organisations and NGOs in the country.

What support can the Commission provide in terms of sending these supplies, which mainly comprise medicines, but also other types of goods, such as food for the most vulnerable members of society (children up to six years old)?

Original language of question: PT 
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