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Parliamentary questions
26 April 2018
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000445/2018

On 30 November 2016, the Commission presented a communication on a European Defence Action Plan(1) to support a competitive European defence industry able to deliver the capabilities needed to meet the security challenges. As a key element, the European Defence Fund(2) is supporting competitiveness in research and development. The categories of projects covered, defined in cooperation with Member States and following their priorities within the EU, include all domains of the defence industry.

The Commission and the European Defence Agency (EDA) can significantly help Member States in coordinating planning and setting priorities for the future joint development of capabilities(3).

The Commission aims at rebalancing the relationship with China in terms of improving market access, reducing discrimination and ensuring a level playing field for EU investors including in the rail and aeronautics sectors. The negotiation of a comprehensive agreement on investment was launched in 2013 to provide investors on both sides with predictable, long-term access to the markets and protect investments.

Concerning aviation, the EU and China initialled a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement on 8 December 2017, which will help remove the unnecessary duplication of certification for aeronautical products. The discussions with China already helped advance previously stalled certification procedures for European aviation products in China.

The Commission is monitoring possible opportunities and challenges under the Made in China 2025 initiative covering the rail and aeronautics sectors. It will continue to defend EU industry against unfair trade practices and their harmful consequences such as overcapacity, in traditional and in high-tech sectors.

(3)The Capability Development Plan as revised in 2018 will be the key reference at the EU level.

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