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EU establishes sanctions on Venezuela for the first time

13. November 2017 - 16:01

Today, at the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, the EU foreign ministers took a decision to impose sanctions on Venezuela in connection with negative developments in the country. The EU had not previously imposed sanctions on Venezuela or any other South American country.

“The European Union has been following recent developments in Venezuela with concern. Establishing sanctions is necessary for applying pressure on Venezuela so that they find a solution to the political and economic crisis," said Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser. 

The EU placed an embargo on military goods, and equipment and communication that may be used for internal repression, as well as a prohibition on provision of related services. In addition, a legal framework allows the Council of the EU to impose travel restrictions and asset freezes for specific individuals. “The EU is prepared to support all steps on the regional and broader international level that could contribute to finding a solution,” Mikser affirmed.

“It is important that all parties in Venezuela start looking for ways of resolving the crisis and that they do so while respecting the democratic framework, principles of rule of law   and human rights,” said Mikser. “The most important is to immediately cease the violations and repressions that are causing unnecessary suffering for the Venezuelan people.” Reports, such as one from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, indicate significant violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to food and healthcare.

All of the sanctions imposed by the EU can be viewed after they come into force at *

This EU sanctions website developed by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU provides user-friendly, easy access to up to date information on sanctions imposed by the EU. Estonia will hand over the administration of the Sanctions Map to the European Commission at the conclusion of the Presidency.

Additional information:
Sandra Kamilova
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department

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