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Parliamentary questions
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3 April 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Jörgen Warborn
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Continuing restrictions on trade in medical equipment

Some time ago, President Emmanuel Macron of France issued a decree banning exports of medical equipment so as to meet domestic needs in preference to other Member States' right to supplies that had been contracted for. Most Member States, as well as the Commission, reacted strongly to this constraint on the internal market, as a result of which the export ban was lifted (at least on paper). In practice, there are still restrictions on firms that produce medical equipment in France or transport it through France, as the Swedish producer Mölnlycke, among others, can confirm. France’s action has dramatically narrowed the scope for providing protective equipment to hospitals in other Member States.

This is a serious constraint on freedom to conduct business and on the functioning of the internal market and is liable to cripple the supply of medical equipment in Europe, with serious consequences for the healthcare sector's ability to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

When the export ban was introduced, I tabled a priority question to the Commission, which, despite the deadline, has still not been answered.

In view of this, I would ask the Commission again what measures it intends to take to ensure straightaway that the internal market functions properly again and that medical equipment can again be exported from and through France.

Original language of question: SV
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