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Parliamentary questions
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17 June 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
David McAllister (PPE)
 Subject: European protection against and responses to pandemics

In view of the challenges it now faces as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the next few months will have a crucial bearing on the future of the European Union. Combating the virus and addressing its social and economic consequences are among the most daunting tasks the international community has ever been confronted with. If the EU were to find common responses to the questions and problems raised by the pandemic, European unity would be strengthened. Prompt agreement on a Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) is also essential if the EU is to retain the ability to act. Many projects could founder without EU support.

1. Does the Commission plan to increase the resources available to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Medicines Agency?

2. What strategy is the Commission developing with a view to improving pandemic preparedness and making the EU less dependent on the world market for supplies of vital medicines and medical devices?

3. What steps is the Commission taking to ensure that under the future MFF a commitment to uphold the rule of law, even when combating a pandemic, remains a prerequisite for EU membership and for the allocation of EU funding?

Original language of question: DE
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