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Parliamentary questions
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30 June 2021
Question for written answer  E-003385/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Eva Kaili (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Investigation into the origins of COVID-19

As the investigation into the real reasons for the COVID-19 outbreak continues to divide the world, both scientifically and politically, several press and online publications have recently emerged regarding the EU’s funding of the Wuhan Institute of Virology and its ‘controversial research into coronaviruses’.

In the light of the above:

1. Will the Commission consider initiating an independent inquiry regarding the content, extent and nature of the EU-funded research of the Wuhan Institute of Virology over the past six years, the exact terms and conditions under which the EU funded the Institute and how compliance with these terms and conditions was observed and confirmed?

2. Under ΕU funding rules, the Commission has the right to monitor project participants for up to two years after they receive EU funds. Was this monitoring/reporting mechanism used in this case and what were the main findings in relation to safety and security aspects?

3. Did this EU research funding activity receive clearance from the Commission’s established ethics review mechanism, and if so, with which conditions and safeguards, and have any ethics audits or checks been performed in this case for potential dual use or misuse?

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