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Parliamentary question - E-000513/2022Parliamentary question

Austria’s wrongful decision not to comply with Regulation (EU) 953/2021 by making vaccination compulsory

Question for written answer  E-000513/2022
to the Commission
Rule 138
Maria Grapini (S&D)

Austria’s decision to introduce compulsory vaccination has – as is widely known – caused considerable controversy. Austria is also home to citizens of other Member States who fail to understand how a Member State can violate their right to decide, in practice, on a medical intervention on their own body, which is a fundamental human right.

Recital 36 of Regulation (EU) 953/2021, which was adopted by the EP and is binding, specifies that Member States should not use that regulation to make vaccination compulsory, either directly or indirectly! In cases where other EU regulations are breached, the Commission has notified the Member State concerned and, if it failed to comply, the Commission has opened infringement proceedings!

Will the Commission do this in the case of Austria?

As a member of the LIBE Committee, I have received enquiries from members of the Romanian community in Austria about this flagrant violation of their right to choose freely and without constraint by obliging them to carry out a medical intervention on their own person. Frankly, I cannot offer them an explanation. I look forward to a clear answer from the Commission as to how to deal with this wrongful situation in which citizens’ rights and freedoms are being violated.

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