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Parliamentary questions
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23 January 2019
Question for written answer E-000341-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Geoffroy Didier (PPE)

 Subject:  Independence of supply of raw materials for the manufacture of electric batteries
 Answer in writing 

In 2017, the European Commission launched the European Battery Alliance, which aims to make Europe the world leader in the manufacture of electric car batteries.

This ambitious project is fundamental in two ways: it will contribute to reducing the environmental impact of the transport sector by reducing CO2 emissions, and will promote the activity of European companies in a market worth nearly EUR 250 billion in 2025.

However, competition from China is strong, Beijing seeking to control the cobalt mines necessary for the production of lithium batteries, as shown, for example, by the acquisition in July 2018 of a third of Glencore’s cobalt production by the Chinese company, GEM.

The energy and geopolitical stakes are significant, as the increasing control by China of the mines producing this rare metal reduces the supply of cobalt and the energy independence of the European Union.

In this context, does the Commission intend to provide a diplomatic or financial response to address the dependence of European lithium battery manufacturers on China for raw materials?

Original language of question: FR 
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