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Parliamentary questions
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4 September 2018
Question for written answer P-004500-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Fernando Ruas (PPE)

 Subject:  Situation in Venezuela
 Answer in writing 

The political, social and economic situation in Venezuela and the mass exodus of its people is undeniably a cause for deep concern.

According to UN Refugee Agency data for 2017, Venezuela was the country with the fourth largest number of asylum-seekers in the world, surpassed only by Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

Far from improving, matters have unfortunately been getting worse, undermining the regional balance and compromising the future of the Venezuelan nation.

In the meantime, the IMF is predicting record inflation of a possible 1 000 000%, compounded by an 18% fall in GDP. The hard-pressed population is beginning to show unmistakeable signs of despair.

Together with the UN, the European Parliament, Commission and Council have been closely monitoring the situation. Major steps are already being taken regarding the imposition of sanctions and the supply of humanitarian, logistical and financial support to Venezuela and neighbouring countries. However, these need to be stepped up.

Despite such efforts, the situation has deteriorated in recent months, both in Venezuela and in the border areas of the host countries.

In view of this:

Is the Commission envisaging any further measures to assist the populations affected? If so, what are they?

Original language of question: PT 
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