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Parliamentary questions
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17 April 2019
E-000341/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000341/2019

In March 2019, the Commission published the EU-China strategic outlook(1) that pointed out the need for strengthening EU's economic competitiveness and ensuring a level playing field in access raw materials.

The communication refers to the Strategic Action Plan on Batteries (BAP)(2), launched by the Commission in May 2018, which aims at reducing the supply risk for battery raw materials by making a greater use of Europe's potential and ensuring a fair and sustainable access to raw materials in third countries. It is also about accessing secondary battery raw materials through recycling.

The BAP is in line with a number of ongoing activities involving the Commission. The Commission has launched a dialogue with Member States with the aim of having a better understanding of Europe's raw materials potential and improving access to minerals deposits.

In line with the Commission's Trade for All Communication of 2015(3), the Commission proposed to include an energy and raw materials chapter in each trade agreement, taking into account sustainable development considerations also for raw materials.

A new Technology and Innovation Platform has been set up to consolidate and drive forward battery-related research and innovation in Europe(4). One of the main priorities is to work on chemistries needing less critical raw materials(5).

The Commission is also working in close cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to facilitate appropriate financial support to innovative projects throughout the whole value chain of battery raw materials.

A number of European battery projects have already benefited from such support through the European Fund for Strategic Investments and InnovFin EU Finance for Innovators initiative.

(1)JOIN(2019) 5 final.
(2)COM(2018) 293 final.
(3)COM(2015) 497 final.
(4)https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/consolidating-industrial-basis-batteries-europe-launch-european-technology-and-innovation-platform-batteries-2019-feb-05_en
(5)https://setis.ec.europa.eu/sites/default/files/set_plan_batteries_implementation_plan.pdf

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