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Parliamentary questions
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21 February 2018
Answer given by Mr Mimica on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-007623/2017

1. Under the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI)(1) the Commission has adopted a programme having as one of its objectives to enhance transparency and traceability in the cotton, textile and garment value chains. This programme will contribute to support companies to apply more effectively due diligence principles, including by building on expertise and collaboration between multi-stakeholder initiatives, brands/buyers and suppliers of different tier levels. A call for proposals(2) has been published to implement this aspect and to strengthen the knowledge, awareness and advocacy activities including consumer campaigning.

2. This action is one of the three thematic priorities identified in the Staff Working Document ‘Sustainable Garment Value Chains through EU Development Action’(3), two other priorities being women's economic empowerment, and decent work and living wages. Under the current Multiannual Financial Framework, the EU intends to continue supporting improvement of social and environmental conditions in garment value chain through actions financed under the DCI, in particular within these thematic priorities.

3. As pointed out in its replies to the written questions E-005356/2017(4) and E-005421/2017(5), the Commission is not considering to propose a change in scope of the Conflict Mineral Regulation which specifically focuses on the situation of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TGs minerals) originating from conflict-affected and high risks areas. The case of the working conditions of the granite quarries from India falls outside this scope.

(1)Development Cooperation Instrument, thematic programme Global Public Goods and Challenges, Annual Action Plan 2016, Annex 3 ‘Promoting responsible value chains in the garment sector with a focus on Decent Work and Transparency/Traceability’ adopted in December 2016.
(2)Call ref. EuropeAid/157515/DH/ACT/Multi ‘Increased Knowledge, Awareness, Transparency and Traceability for Responsible Value Chains in the Cotton and Garment sectors’ published on 6th December 2017.
(3)SWD(2017)147 final.

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