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Parliamentary questions
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17 April 2019
P-001973-19
Question for written answer P-001973-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nuno Melo (PPE)

 Subject:  Impounding of cars belonging to expatriates in the EU
 Answer in writing 

- The free movement of goods, persons, services and capital is assured within the European Union.

- Numerous Portuguese expatriates owning cars registered in foreign countries where they live and work have, however, had their vehicles impounded in Portugal, on the grounds that they have been parked there for more than six months.

- It is common for expats to travel to Portugal by car but return to their countries of residence by aeroplane and then be unable to go back to Portugal for longer than six months.

- A car is a good and may thus freely circulate within the European Union under the aforementioned freedoms.

Does the Commission consider the seizure of vehicles or documents to be in compliance with EU rules under these circumstances?

Original language of question: PT 
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