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Parliamentary questions
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24 September 2020
E-004163/2020(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Johansson
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004163/2020

In light of the challenges posed by COVID-19, the Commission has been in close contact with the Italian authorities to identify areas in which the EU budget could support, such as medical tests and quarantine measures for arriving migrants. The Commission has also issued guidance(1) on how to ensure overall continuity of asylum procedures while ensuring the protection of public health and the right to asylum. However, the overall responsibility for the response to COVID-19 remains with Member States.

The Commission continues to support Italy both financially and operationally. The Commission has agreed to a proposal submitted by Italy’s Ministry of Interior to use up to EUR 9 million in EU contribution from its national programme under the Internal Security Fund to address needs linked to the COVID-19 pandemic in the area of border management. Moreover, in order to provide further relief to the Italian reception system, the Commission continues to support Italy in the relocation of asylum-seekers to Member States who have agreed to accept relocations.

(1)Communication from the Commission — COVID-19: Guidance on the implementation of relevant EU provisions in the area of asylum and return procedures and on resettlement, C(2020) 2516.
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