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Parliamentary questions
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26 August 2013
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Ashton on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-008007/2013

The EU is well aware of the challenges surrounding this contested project. Representatives of the EU Delegation in Peru visited the region in June 2013, meeting with the different stakeholders.

The EU has raised with Peru, at the highest level, the topic of social conflicts linked to mining ventures, such as the Conga project. It was agreed at the latest annual EU-Peru Bilateral Consultations to exchange information and best practices for the prevention and resolution of social conflicts and the sustainable, transparent and participatory management of natural resources.

The EU welcomes the establishment of a special ‘Office for Dialogue and Sustainable Development’ within the Prime Minster's offices, as well as the appointment of a central government representative to engage with the local population in Cajamarca and strengthen the dialogue between the opposed actors.

While the Commission does not have the mandate or the resources to investigate allegations of lack of responsibility on the part of EU companies, the 2011 Communication on Corporate Social Responsibility(1) (CSR) sets out the Commission's expectations on responsible conduct by all companies, including adherence to internationally agreed CSR principles and guidelines. The Commission has also issued sector-specific guidance notes, including for the oil and gas industry, which are meant to help companies identify, mitigate and avoid human rights risks and other negative impacts in their business operations.

The ‘road maps’ to which the Honourable Members refer constitute unilateral responses by Peru and Colombia to the Parliament resolution on the EU trade agreement with Colombia and Peru(2). The EU services stand ready to assist with their implementation.

(1)COM(2011)681 final.

OJ C 65 E, 05/03/2014
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