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1 December 2015
Question for written answer E-015299-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marietje Schaake (ALDE) , Max Andersson (Verts/ALE) , Petras Auštrevičius (ALDE) , Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE) , Brando Benifei (S&D) , Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE) , José Bové (Verts/ALE) , Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL) , Cristian-Silviu Buşoi (PPE) , Reinhard Bütikofer (Verts/ALE) , Enrique Calvet Chambon (ALDE) , Ignazio Corrao (EFDD) , Peter van Dalen (ECR) , Karima Delli (Verts/ALE) , Pascal Durand (Verts/ALE) , Angel Dzhambazki (ECR) , Bas Eickhout (Verts/ALE) , Jill Evans (Verts/ALE) , Tanja Fajon (S&D) , Arne Gericke (ECR) , Juan Carlos Girauta Vidal (ALDE) , Ana Gomes (S&D) , Takis Hadjigeorgiou (GUE/NGL) , Marian Harkin (ALDE) , Hans-Olaf Henkel (ECR) , Sophia in 't Veld (ALDE) , Yannick Jadot (Verts/ALE) , Eva Joly (Verts/ALE) , Jude Kirton-Darling (S&D) , Ulrike Lunacek (Verts/ALE) , Ernest Maragall (Verts/ALE) , David Martin (S&D) , Stefano Maullu (PPE) , Valentinas Mazuronis (ALDE) , Louis Michel (ALDE) , Matthijs van Miltenburg (ALDE) , Javier Nart (ALDE) , Morten Helveg Petersen (ALDE) , Miroslav Poche (S&D) , Laurenţiu Rebega (ENF) , Michel Reimon (Verts/ALE) , Frédérique Ries (ALDE) , Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE) , Bronis Ropė (Verts/ALE) , Marielle de Sarnez (ALDE) , Judith Sargentini (Verts/ALE) , Molly Scott Cato (Verts/ALE) , Alyn Smith (Verts/ALE) , Csaba Sógor (PPE) , Igor Šoltes (Verts/ALE) , Renato Soru (S&D) , Barbara Spinelli (GUE/NGL) , Bart Staes (Verts/ALE) , Jean-Luc Schaffhauser (ENF) , Hannu Takkula (ALDE) , Keith Taylor (Verts/ALE) , Michael Theurer (ALDE) , Ivo Vajgl (ALDE) , Bodil Valero (Verts/ALE) , Julie Ward (S&D) , Cecilia Wikström (ALDE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — EU-Saudi Arabia relationship
 Answer in writing 

Saudi Arabia has been accused of war crimes during its military operations in Yemen, and refuses to launch an inquiry into the loss of civilian lives there. In addition, Saudi Arabia has beheaded more than 150 people this year alone, and continues to finance preachers, mosques and madrassas around the world, including in Europe, thereby exporting ultraconservative views that provide fertile ground for radicalisation in Europe and abroad. In this context, the continued selling of weapons to Saudi Arabia violates Criteria 2, 4 and 6 of Council Common Position 2008/944/CFSP of 8 December 2008. European Member States continue to ignore the code of conduct.

1. Is the Vice-President/High Representative planning to launch an initiative aimed at instituting a European arms embargo against Saudi Arabia? If not, why not?

2. Given that donors from Saudi Arabia constitute a significant source of funding for Sunni terrorist groups worldwide, what is the VP/HR’s assessment of the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions 2161 and 2199 by Saudi Arabia with a view to ensuring that no funds are made available by its nationals or by individuals within its territory for the benefit of ISIL, Al-Qaeda and affiliated groups?

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