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Parliamentary questions
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29 November 2019
Answer given by Ms Malmström
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003080/2019

The Commission is aware of the decision of the United States (US) authorities to add, as of 9 October 2019, 28 Chinese governmental and private companies to its Entity List over Beijing’s treatment of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

This followed earlier decisions of 16 May and 21 August 2019 to place Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd (Huawei), as well as over 100 of its non-US affiliates, including subsidiaries of Huawei in certain EU Member States, on the Entity List. However, the US has adopted a temporary general licence, which authorises transactions with Huawei and its foreign affiliates until at least 18 November 2019.

Once a company is placed on the Entity List, the US administration imposes additional license requirements on it. Exceptions, if any, are usually included in a separate Federal Register Notice. The Entity List applies to any US and foreign company included in the list which intends to enter into any contractual arrangement with any US or foreign company operating within the US. Any EU company which is not included in the Entity List is not subject to any additional requirements.

However, EU-based subsidiaries of Huawei, which are included in the Entity List, need to comply with the licensing and administrative requirements provided by the US administration, as long as they intend to enter into transactions with any company operating in the US.

Finally, the Commission is not aware of any statement by Commissioner Hogan — or any other Commission representative — describing US actions relating to the US Entity List as ‘reckless’.

Last updated: 3 December 2019Legal notice