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Parliamentary questions
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24 March 2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Lukas Mandl
 Answer in writing 
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Deploying the European Solidarity Corps in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

The European Solidarity Corps was established in 2016 in order to allow young people aged between 18 and 30 to engage in a wide variety of activities, such as dealing with natural disasters or assisting at centres for asylum seekers. This support can last up to 12 months and is usually rendered within the EU Member States.

Given the current spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Europe will need all kinds of support. This includes activities in hospitals, but also logistical assistance in the production and delivery of food, and support for elderly people who are unable to take care of their daily needs by themselves at a time of increased risk of infection.

1. Has the Commission considered the possibility of using the European Solidarity Corps in projects linked to the crisis response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

2. In what fields of activity could the European Solidarity Corps be deployed in order to help find solutions in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic?

3. Given the urgent situation, how much time does the Commission think would be needed to deploy the European Solidarity Corps to the aforementioned projects?

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