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Parliamentary questions
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10 September 2020
Question for written answer E-004971/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
María Soraya Rodríguez Ramos (Renew), Maite Pagazaurtundúa (Renew)
 Subject: Evacuation of refugee camps on Greek islands in the Aegean 

The Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos was burned to the ground in a fire. The camp was intended for around 3 000 people, but around 13 000 were living there in terrible conditions, with practically no access to the most basic ways of containing COVID-19, i.e. water, sanitation, medical care and opportunities for social distancing and isolating possible cases. On the other hand, however, the restrictive measures brought in to deal with the COVID-19 crisis have hampered the work of humanitarian aid agencies, and organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières have had to close down the isolation and support facilities they had in place for vulnerable people. The Commission has undertaken to support the adoption of preventive measures on the islands and to help the Greek Government implement an emergency response plan.

1. How has the Commission made good on its commitments to provide support and assistance?

2. How many people were evacuated before the fire from Moria and the camps in the Greek islands in the Aegean?

3. If not all vulnerable people have been evacuated yet, why is that? Is the Commission intending to support a definitive evacuation?

Original language of question: ES
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