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Parliamentary questions
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16 April 2020
E-002316/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Maxette Pirbakas
 Subject: Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the outermost regions

The current COVID-19 health crisis is having an effect on the international economy. The outermost regions have also been hard hit by the coronavirus. Their economies are made up of many small enterprises.

Most direct measures taken to combat the coronavirus are beyond the reach of all but the large firms they target. Small-scale fishermen, farmers and enterprises in the outermost regions have also had to suspend operations as a result of either the collapse in demand or the lack of transportation to bring their goods to market.

Moreover, these regions receive support from the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds). ESI Funds are now being deployed to tackle the coronavirus, thus reducing the funds available for the projects providing essential support to our outermost regions.

With this in mind:

1. How does the Commission intend to provide struggling small-scale fishermen, farmers and enterprises in our outermost regions with the support they need at this time?

2. Will the ESI Funds, which are a lifeline for outermost regions, be reprogrammed after the crisis to ensure the continuation of essential support and projects?

Original language of question: FR
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