The final Strasbourg Plenary of 2016 saw the European Parliament vote in overwhelming numbers, supporting a resolution that calls the German government to admit all thalidomide survivors into its compensation scheme. On Wednesday 14th December MEPs from every political group spoke in favour of our motion calling on the German government to recognise that its illegal interference in the trial of Grünenthal executives in 1970 make it morally responsible for the poor health of survivors outside Germany. The following day the resolution was passed overwhelmingly, with cheers and applause from MEPs as the vote was announced.
The resolution calls on the German government to admit survivors outside Germany to its mechanism for distributing payments to help meet real and escalating health needs. It urges that survivors who have been identified by national schemes to be admitted en bloc and without unnecessary bureaucracy. It also calls on the Spanish government to speed up the process of recognising and supporting its own survivors.
The text of the resolution can be viewed here.
The official EU Parliament Press Release can be found here.
The resolution was widely reported. A selection appears below:
And the response of the British government was reported in The Sunday Times