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Parliamentary questions
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9 January 2019
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005359/2018

In the western Balkans, any investments in upgrading the infrastructure, including by China, are welcome. However, as these countries aspire to be part of the EU, their public investment projects should be in line with EU policy, legislation and standards (including on public procurement), and they have committed to prioritise their transport and energy investments along the Trans-European Network corridors.

It is important to ensure the environmental, economic and fiscal sustainability of the investments; otherwise there could be a risk in particular of fiscal and/or external imbalances.

In the EU-China Connectivity Platform, the EU is promoting an approach that builds up on the Trans-European transport Network and its extension, as well as the respect of EC law and principles. The Commission has invited the Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership countries to join the discussion of the Expert Group of the Platform.

The Commission has been encouraging China to pursue its commitment in the International Working Group on export credits, and to engage with the EU on state aid. Finally, the EU has been repeatedly asking for the Belt and Road Initiative to be based on principles such as a level playing field, transparency, respect of single market and international trade rules.

The EU has also just adopted a Strategy on Connectivity with Asia, through which it will foster partnerships and regionalisation with all interested partners to promote a sustainable, comprehensive and rules-based approach to connectivity.

Last updated: 9 January 2019Legal notice