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Parliamentary questions
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5 September 2014
Question for written answer E-006625-14
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Kati Piri (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Assertions concerning some Member States purchasing Islamic State oil
 Answer in writing 

Against the backdrop of news reports concerning the staggering self-financing capabilities of the Islamic State (IS) (estimated at USD 2 million to USD 5 million a day, based mostly on illicit oil sales), Jana Hybášková, the EU ambassador to Iraq, said at the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee meeting of 2 September 2014 that some Member States are purchasing IS oil. Similar claims from other sources have also appeared in the media.

Assertions that some Member States are funding the IS by purchasing its oil are extremely serious and require intense scrutiny in order to ascertain the Member States involved, the extent of this illicit trade and the channels being used to purchase the oil.

1. Can the VP/HR confirm the existence of an illicit oil trade, direct or indirect, between some Member States and the IS, as stated by the EU representative in Iraq?

2. Can the VP/HR specify the Member States concerned and explain what will be done to make sure this illicit oil trade is brought to an immediate end?

3. If the VP/HR cannot confirm the trade’s existence, will she conduct an urgent in-depth investigation into these claims and disclose the outcome?

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