Written Question: Monitoring the distribution and financing of Islamist propaganda

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 8 March 2021

Question for written answer E-001303/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Angelika Winzig (PPE)

Subject: Monitoring the distribution and financing of Islamist propaganda

On 16 October 2020, the French Minister of the Interior announced his intention to dissolve(1) the ‘Collective Against Islamophobia in France’ (CCIF)(2), citing allegations that it had engaged in ‘Islamist propaganda’ in connection with the murder of teacher Samuel Paty. Shortly afterwards, the CCIF announced that it would base itself outside France(3) and planned to transfer its financial assets abroad. In October 2020, the Collective for Countering Islamophobia in Europe (CCIE)(4) was set up in Belgium to – in its own words – continue the fight against Islamophobia.

  1. Using the full extent of its powers, will the Commission encourage cross-border investigations to address the allegations concerning the distribution of Islamist propaganda by the CCIF/CCIE and its partner organisations?
  2. Are investigations being conducted into the financing of the CCIF/CCIE from outside the Union?
  3. How will the Commission monitor organisations like the CCIF, BarakaCity and Collectif Cheikh-Yassine, which have been banned by the French Government and are likely to set up operations in other Member States?

(1) https://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/belgique-une-association-soupconnee-de-vouloir-relancer-le-ccif- dissous-en-france-20210224
(2) https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collectif_contre_l%27islamophobie_en_France
(3) https://www.bfmtv.com/societe/religions/le-ccif-s-auto-dissout-pour-eviter-sa-dissolution-par-le- gouvernement_AD-202011270291.html
(4) The CCIE was formally established on 1 November 2020 and its statutes were officially published on 13 January 2021.

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