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Parliamentary questions
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25 September 2020
Joint answer given by Mr Schmit
on behalf of the European Commission
Question references: E-003633/2020, E-003969/2020

1. The Commission is aware of the statements made on various occasions by representatives of the French Government. It understands that these statements mainly refer to the conditions for accessing various support programmes and schemes put in place by the French authorities to tackle the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19. The Commission is also aware of the recovery plan presented by the French authorities on 3 September 2020(1) which, it believes, is consistent with the Commission’s guidelines for a coordinated European response to COVID-19.

2. and 3. Free movement of workers and the freedom to provide services are fundamental freedoms of the European Union and crucial for the functioning of its single market. As guardian of the Treaties, the Commission is determined to take the necessary steps for ensuring the respect of these freedoms, including in pandemic times. However, at this stage, the information available to the Commission on the measures put forward by the French Government does not justify an action in this regard.

(1)https://www.economie.gouv.fr/plan-de-relance/lancement-plan-relance-3-septembre-2020# , see also https://www.economie.gouv.fr/files/files/directions_services/plan-de-relance/annexe-fiche-mesures.pdf
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