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Parliamentary questions
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13 December 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Damien Carême, Saskia Bricmont, Erik Marquardt, Damian Boeselager, Alice Kuhnke, Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, Diana Riba i Giner, Tineke Strik
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Questions on the use of EU asylum aid in Greece and Italy, following Report No 24/2019 of the European Court of Auditors

In its report of 13 November 2019 on EU support for Greece and Italy on asylum, the European Court of Auditors pointed out that there is a considerable gap between the stated objectives and the results achieved, in particular as regards emergency relocations and the length of asylum procedures. EU-allocated funds appear to have been poorly distributed, the result of which is poor living conditions in welcome and reception centres.

How does the Commission explain the discrepancies between its objectives and the results, and how does it intend to address those discrepancies?

How does it explain the fact that some Frontex officers are being deployed in reception and registration centres that are almost empty, while other centres are severely under-resourced? How does it explain the fact that the European Asylum Support Office is understaffed, while Frontex has more than enough staff?

In spite of our position as Members of the European Parliament, many of us have been denied access to the Greek hotspots - which are, however, funded through the European budget, for which Parliament is responsible. How does the Commission explain the fact that MEPs are being prevented from observing the situation on the ground and the use of EU funds? How does it propose giving all MEPs access to all reception facilities benefitting from EU funds?

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