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Parliamentary questions
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3 December 2018
Question for written answer E-006097-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dominique Martin (ENF)

 Subject:  Tax, social and environmental clauses not included in EU trade agreements
 Answer in writing 

An opinion column published on 26 October 2018 quotes Bertrand de Kermel, President of the ‘Comité Pauvreté et Politique’ as saying: ‘In today’s globalised world a foreign firm established in a virtuous country is encouraged to close its factories and relocate to another country which cheerfully allows social, tax and environmental dumping and might even be behaving like a tax haven. The losers are citizens in the more virtuous countries, which suffer the results of factory closures. The EU doesn’t protect them. Domestic SMEs also lose out.’

Has the Commission received a request from France for all EU trade agreements to include a tax cooperation component and binding social and environmental clauses introducing trade penalties if social clauses are breached(1)?

Which of the Commission’s staff are assigned to check products imported from third countries to ensure they do not breach social clauses?

What trade penalties has the Commission imposed in the past on importers or third countries at fault here?


Original language of question: FR 
Last updated: 19 December 2018Legal notice