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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005646-18
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Marietje Schaake (ALDE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Damen's export of patrol vessels to the Libyan coastguard
 Answer in writing 

On 26 October 2018, the NRC newspaper and Lighthouse Reports revealed that in 2012, Damen shipyards sold eight patrol vessels to the Libyan coastguard(1). At least three of those vessels are equipped with machine guns and are currently being used against migrants in the Mediterranean. The Dutch ministry of foreign affairs asserts that Damen did not need an export license(2) because the so-called ‘mounts’ to which the automatic rifles are attached can also be used to bear flags, search lights or antennae. Evidence shows, however, that Damen intended, in a second order, to sell the Libyan coastguard machine guns to accompany the boats.

1. Is the VP/HR aware of the sale of the abovementioned patrol vessels to the Libyan coastguard? Is she aware of how these boats, including the ‘Talil 267’ are currently being used, and by whom?

2. Does the VP/HR agree that Member States, when assessing export licence applications, should not only take into account the intended end-use of the products, but also carry out a risk assessment, as proposed in the draft dual-use regulation, in order to ascertain that the goods will not be used for other purposes?

3. What measures can the VP/HR and/or the Commission employ against Member States that either knowingly or unknowingly violate EU export regulations or sanctions?

(2)Council common position 2008/944/CFSP.

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