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Parliamentary questions
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10 April 2020
P-002213/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Esther de Lange, Jeroen Lenaers, Pascal Arimont
 Subject: Coronavirus apps in border regions

On Wednesday, 8 April, the Commission published a recommendation to support exit strategies by means of steps and measures to develop a joint EU approach to the use of mobile applications and data in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The Commission is to develop a toolbox for this purpose in cooperation with Member States and publish it on 15 April.

1. As a number of Member States are using apps, or researching their possible use, to monitor coronavirus, does the Commission consider that coordination and clear guidelines are needed for people living in border regions and cross-border movement of persons? If so, will the Commission therefore include interoperability between apps in the toolbox, in the interests of border regions?

2. What will the Commission do, together with the Member States, to guarantee that national coronavirus apps are deployed in such a way that residents of border regions and people travelling on essential cross-border business are traced correctly and alerted if they have been in contact with somebody who is infected with coronavirus?

3. What is the Commission’s view of the call  (1) by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) for a single joint European mobile app to be developed?

(1)https://edps.europa.eu/sites/edp/files/publication/2020-04-06_eu_digital_solidarity_covid19_en.pdf
Original language of question: NL
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