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Parliamentary questions
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8 May 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Isabella Tovaglieri
 Subject: China’s responsibility for the epidemic: Europe’s response?

The repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic are clear in the Member States and are hitting societies and economies hard throughout the European Union.

China’s conduct with regard to the epidemic and its impact has been, at the very least, negligent, lacking in transparency and uncooperative, for which reason various States and regional authorities (not only in the EU) are considering seeking compensation for the damage they have suffered.

China’s attitude did not help to contain the spread of Covid-19: rather, it aggravated the social and economic impact of the virus throughout Europe and on other continents, and compelled the European institutions and the Member States to take economic decisions, some of which have been controversial, as in the case of the ESM, or possible new taxes.

With a view to the next European initiatives relating to Covid-19, can the Commission answer the following questions?

1. What position will it adopt on the responsibilities of the Chinese authorities with regard to information about the spread of Covid-19?

2. Will the Commission consider seeking compensation from China for the spread of Covid-19?

3. Is the Commission aware of the manoeuvres by businesses with Chinese connections to acquire commercial and tourism operations very cheaply, exploiting the current situation – a practice that could distort the economy – and what view does it take of them?

Original language of question: IT
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