Procedure : 2019/2964(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : O-000002/2020

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O-000002/2020 (B9-0002/2020)

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PV 16/01/2020 - 12
CRE 16/01/2020 - 12

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Parliamentary questions
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6 January 2020
Question for oral answer
to the Commission
Rule 136
Lucy Nethsingha
on behalf of the Committee on Legal Affairs
 Answer in plenary 
 Subject: 3D‑printed illicit objects

3D printing is a technology with significant economic potential for European businesses, notably for small innovative enterprises, and many countries have started to adopt strategies to promote its development. However, the technology also gives rise to specific legal and ethical questions. Various studies by the Commission have revealed the existence of loopholes in EU legislation regarding the use of 3D printing. Recent tragic events have raised concerns and confirmed the need for action at EU level. On 9 October 2019, two people were killed and a further two were injured in Halle, Germany, when an attacker tried to enter the local synagogue during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. The attacker used a 3D‑printed weapon, the blueprint of which he uploaded on Twitter. In its report, subsequently adopted by Parliament as a resolution on 3 July 2018 (1) , the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) had already expressed concerns not only about the manufacturing of weapons, explosives, drugs and other hazardous products in the context of 3D printing, but also about the problems related to civil liability and infringements of intellectual property rights. Given the urgency of the matter, the JURI Committee would like to ask the Commission:

How does it intend to tackle the problems raised by the use of 3D‑printed illicit objects?

Does it intend to take any (legislative) action based on ongoing and previous studies and evaluations? If so, which EU measures does it expect will be impacted?

What is the timeline for the actions the Commission plans to undertake? What will it do to ensure a timely response?

What progress has been made regarding the actions the Commission committed to undertaking following Parliament’s 2018 resolution?

Submitted: 06/01/2020

Lapses: 07/04/2020

(1) European Parliament resolution of 3 July 2018 on three-dimensional printing, a challenge in the fields of intellectual property rights and civil liability (Texts adopted, P8_TA(2018)0274).
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