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Parliamentary question - E-002254/2021(ASW)Parliamentary question

    Answer given by Ms Johansson on behalf of the European Commission

    The Commission is aware of media coverage regarding the alleged antisemitic statements expressed by the president of the European Muslim Union, as quoted in an article of 2007 of the ‘Spiegel’[1].

    The project OPEN was awarded under an Internal Security Fund-Police call to support civil society to develop alternative narratives campaigns. The European Muslim Union promoted the launch of the project OPEN on its website[2], which does not contain any controversial statement.

    The Commission does not tolerate support for terrorism or antisemitism, in line with established legislation and policies, and will immediately take action should it become aware of any proven evidence in this respect.

    EU grants are awarded in line with the rules governing calls for proposals and on the basis of clear objectives. The Commission has set up mechanisms for a rigorous selection of projects and beneficiaries, including different and several checks on grant beneficiaries. The awarded projects are subject to ex post audits. ‘Serious breaches’ of the grant agreement, e.g. if it is proven that beneficiaries pursue illegal purposes or do not respect fundamental rights, can lead to the reduction of the grant amount, the termination of the grant agreement and exclusion of the grant beneficiary from EU funding .

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