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Parliamentary questions
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13 July 2020
E-004167/2020/rev.1
Question for written answer E-004167/2020/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Malik Azmani (Renew), Bart Groothuis (Renew), Maite Pagazaurtundúa (Renew)
 Subject: Pro-Kremlin media attempts to discredit the EU in war-torn Syria

On 9 July, EUvsDisinfo released a report which clearly proves that pro-Russian media and Russian officials have been spreading disinformation about the EU’s role in the Syrian crisis (1) . This disinformation campaign is obviously aimed at discrediting the EU in the eyes of the Syrian people and spreading lies about the EU’s policies and sanctions regime. This includes the claim that far from assisting the Syrian people, the EU is waging an economic war against them.

Since 2011, the EU has been supporting the Syrian people with EUR 20 billion in assistance, and it recently hosted the fourth Brussels Conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region, which resulted in billions of euros in extra commitments by donors (2) .

This organised disinformation campaign has been actively discrediting the EU – Syria’s biggest donor – with the clear aim of influencing Syrian public opinion. A firm response is required.

1. How will the European External Action Service (EEAS) counter this disinformation campaign?

2. In the light of their constant attempts to spread harmful content aimed at deceiving and undermining the EU, what is the Commission's view on Russian media outlets and press agencies, and should they be banned from the EU and designated as foreign agents?

(1)https://euvsdisinfo.eu/pro-kremlin-disinformation-keeps-ignoring-basic-facts-on-syria/
(2)https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/81779/syrian-crisis-opening-remarks-high-representativevice-president-josep-borrell-brussels-iv_en
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