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Parliamentary questions
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18 April 2019
Question for written answer E-002111-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR — EU input into the UN negotiations on the adoption of a binding instrument on business corporations and human rights

In July 2018, Parliament submitted a question on the EU’s role in the process of adopting a binding UN instrument on business corporations and human rights. The question asked:

What the main reasons were so far preventing the EU and its Member States from actively participating in that process;
Whether it would be possible to develop a common position for the next meeting of the IGWG, what procedure would be followed and how the EU would engage with stakeholders and the European Parliament;
What efforts had been made to achieve a coherent approach throughout the EU on access to remedy for the victims of business-related human rights violations in the EU;
Whether it was appropriate for the Council to adopt and issue guidelines for the Union to negotiate better access to justice for victims and facilitate recourse to the national courts, when the Commission had indicated there to be divergences in the availability of such mechanisms in the EU;
What positive role a UN treaty could play in that respect?
What priority does the EEAS assign to these objectives and what has it done to attain them? Have there been any specific problems and achievements?

Original language of question: ES 
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