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Parliamentary questions
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30 May 2018
Question for written answer E-002948-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Enrico Gasbarra (S&D)

 Subject:  Commission consultancy contracts awarded to ICF
 Answer in writing 

Between 2014 and 2018, the American company ICF, which works with many US intelligence and defence organisations, won a series of Commission contracts for the provision of analyses, evaluations and studies, including in-depth studies. It handled files and information in areas which are particularly sensitive for the EU, such as security, defence, international agreements, economic policy frameworks and strategies for the environment. Important decisions have therefore been based on the — rather costly — advice of a company which also provides its services to US intelligence.

1. Can the Commission confirm that between 2014 and 2018 it awarded ICF contracts worth some EUR 120 million, relying on it even in areas which are particularly sensitive and have strategic implications for European policy-making, such as covered bonds in the EU, financial assistance for Ukraine and the effectiveness of European climate diplomacy, to name just a few?

2. Can it absolutely guarantee that these contracts are not jeopardising the independence of EU strategies by exposing them to US influence and pressure from US interests?

3. Could these contracts, or at least parts of them, not be awarded to EU consultancies?

Original language of question: IT 
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