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Parliamentary questions
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16 April 2019
E-001844-19
Question for written answer E-001844-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz (PPE)

 Subject:  Lithium in electric car production
The ENVI Committee’s target for reducing EU fleet-wide emissions for new cars by 2030 is 45% (compared to the Commission’s 30%), with an intermediate target of 20% by 2025, and Parliament has issued a press release saying that zero‐ and low-emission vehicles (ZLEVs) should ‘have a 40% market share of sales of new cars and vans by 2030, and 20% by 2025’. Taking these objectives into consideration, as well as research into lithium as a battery component and the mining and production thereof, could the Commission please specify:
1. Whether plans for the expansion of the electric car market in Europe have taken into account international trade relations with countries that have monopolies on the production of lithium batteries (Japan, China, Korea)?
2. Whether lithium and lithium components, and their production processes, will be covered in any future trade agreements? Will requirements regarding the sustainability of production be included in these legally binding agreements?
3. How this issue has been taken into consideration by the Commission when advocating electrification of the car industry?
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