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Parliamentary questions
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8 May 2020
E-002857/2020
Question for written answer
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Luděk Niedermayer, Stanislav Polčák, Jiří Pospíšil, Michaela Šojdrová, Tomáš Zdechovský, Ivan Štefanec, Michal Wiezik, Vladimír Bilčík, Miriam Lexmann
 Subject: Circumstances surrounding the EEAS’s Special Report on the Narratives and Disinformation around the COVID-19/coronavirus Pandemic

Further to the intervention of the VP/HR at the meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of 30 April 2020 on the EEAS’s Special Report on the Narratives and Disinformation around the COVID-19/coronavirus Pandemic, we would like to ask for the following clarifications:

1. Could the VP/HR explain in greater detail the nature of the two versions of the document, the first published on 20 April 2020 and the second on 24 April 2020, and could he say whether they have different authors and/or were written independently of one another?

2. Were the views of the People’s Republic of China on this report communicated to the EEAS by either formal or informal means, are there any records of this exchange, and more generally, is there a mechanism preventing the analytical reports of the EEAS from being influenced by external actors, such as third countries and their representatives?

3. In the light of the potential re-evaluation of EU’s relationship with China, would you agree that there is a need for a China StratCom task force?

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