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Parliamentary questions
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6 July 2020
P-004001/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Dan-Ștefan Motreanu (PPE)
 Subject: Prospecting for and extraction of vital raw materials in the European Union

Achievement of Green Deal objectives depends on the availability of certain vital raw materials. While certain Member States have the necessary resources to make the European Union independent this respect, it is currently reliant on imports from third countries.

The high costs of prospecting and extraction without damaging the environment are the principal factor deterring European investors, leaving foreign entrepreneurs a free hand to buy up the sites in question and extract their valuable resources.

1. The EU is currently dependent on imports from third countries for the supply of these materials. Have plans be drawn up to reduce this dependence?

2. Will a European dedicated financial incentive be provided for Member States to leverage public and private investment by European entrepreneurs in the exploitation of resources?

3. What view does the Commission take of third-country investment in prospecting and extraction activities in the Member States, exporting raw material for processing and for the manufacturing of items subsequently sold on European markets?

Original language of question: RO
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