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Parliamentary questions
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18 May 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Maria-Manuel Leitão-Marques (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Creation of a European contact-tracing application in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Given the importance of ensuring that the contact-tracing application respects the various common guidelines for data protection, as well as European legislation in this area;

Given that, if it is to prove successful, it must installed by the majority of citizens who reside and circulate in Europe;

Given the importance of securing citizens' trust so that the application can be effective;

Given the need to ensure interoperability between the various applications so that they allow the free movement of persons and help tourism to restart;

Given that the development of a European application would offer a far more solid guarantee of compliance with privacy requirements and would also help to meet the other objectives mentioned above;

Given that this is a case in which action by the European Union would be more effective than action taken at national level, and that it would therefore be in line with the principle of subsidiarity provided for in Article 5 of the Treaty;

Will the Commission say:

What has prevented a European contact-tracing application from being developed?

Why is this option taking longer to develop than the 27 or more different applications in the various Member States?

Original language of question: PT
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