Written Question: Standards for private companies in monitoring EU sanction regimes

(Source: European Parliament)

Date Submitted: 12 May 2021

Question for written answer E-002605/2021

to the Commission

Rule 138

Niels Fuglsang (S&D)

Subject: Standards for private companies in monitoring EU sanction regimes

In April 2021, it emerged that pumps from the Danish company Grundfos had ended up in a plant in the Crimean peninsula, in possible breach of EU sanctions against Russia.(1)(2) In all likelihood, Grundfos sold the pumps in good faith to the subcontractors who were responsible for the resale and supporting the Russian annexation of Crimea. In such cases, it can be difficult for companies to ensure that resale of their products does not lead to a breach of sanctions. Does the Commission have any preventative measures or standards regarding what a company can do to ensure that its products are not resold in breach of the sanctions? Is there a set of EU-approved preventative measures on which a company can rely and, if there is not, will the Commission draw up such measures to ensure that the sanctions work as effectively as possible?

(1) Sanctions breach suspected as Siemens & Grundfos equipment spotted at water station in occupied Crimea Euromaidan Press | News and views from Ukraine

(2) EU restrictive measures in response to the crisis in Ukraine – Consilium (europa.eu)

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