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Parliamentary questions
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1 April 2020
E-001992/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Angelo Ciocca
 Subject: Covid-19 emergency: repatriation of EU citizens and mobility within Europe

The Covid-19 health emergency is driving those who are currently in a European country other than their country of residence to return home.

However, these attempts are sometimes particularly complex, owing to unilateral decisions to close borders taken by individual Member States.

Even though Communication 2020/C 86 I/01, published in the Official Journal on 16 March 2020, states that: ‘A Member State must not deny entry to EU citizens or third-country nationals residing on its territory and must facilitate transit of other EU citizens and residents that are returning home’, many EU citizens are still having difficulty returning. Ensuring the health and well-being of citizens is one of the EU’s priorities and goals.

Can the Commission therefore answer the following questions:

1. What is the European Union doing to deal with this issue?

2. Have any European diplomatic sources, on a par with the European External Action Service and in parallel with the service provided at national level, been tasked with managing the repatriation of citizens stranded in another EU country?

3. What action is the European Union taking in the event of failure to comply with Communication 2020/C 86 I/01?

Original language of question: IT
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