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Parliamentary questions
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16 June 2015
Answer given by Vice-President Katainen on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002158/2015

1. The investments of the Commission are undertaken within the limits set by the financial regulation and the respective asset management guidelines. At present none of these contain rules on investments in assets issued by the fossil fuel industry. Please note that the term ‘fossil fuel industry’ is not a precise concept which makes it difficult to develop a clear attribution of issuers into this category. Consequently, the Commission has no statistics concerning the investments in assets issued by the fossil fuel industry, and cannot produce such information. However, a number of investments in green bonds have been made.

As regards the investment policy of the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Honourable Member is invited to contact that institution for more specific information about this matter..

2. The Commission is primarily investing in bonds of supra-national agencies, sovereigns, covered bonds and sub-sovereign public issuers. The overall share of corporate bonds is very limited and the share of bonds that depending on a definition chosen may be qualified as being issued by the fossil fuel industry is very small.

Given the lack of a commonly agreed definition of ‘fossil fuel industry’ and the absence of an explicit policy to avoid such issuers, no such plan exists at present.

3. At present no such plan exists.

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