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Parliamentary questions
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20 November 2014
E-009566-14
Question for written answer E-009566-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marc Tarabella (S&D)

 Subject:  Huawei and child labour
 Answer in writing 

A French television report recently denounced the subcontractors of a number of major smartphone brands which use child labour on their production lines. Among the telecoms giants involved was the Chinese company Huawei, whose market share in the European Union has increased ten-fold in less than 10 years, thanks to state aid which enables it to offer prices which are much lower than those of its European competitors.

1. Does the Commission intend to take a firm stand against this violation of international law?

2. Could the Commission impose a Europe-wide ban on the import of Huawei products if it is proved that they are manufactured in working conditions which do not comply with European social norms?

3. Could the Commission envisage excluding China from the system of generalised preferences if it does not commit to respecting European norms relating to human rights, employment law and environmental protection?

Original language of question: FR 
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