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Parliamentary questions
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20 May 2019
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000890/2019

The restrictive measures in place concern an arms embargo and a prohibition to export monitoring equipment as well as equipment which might be used for internal repression.

The European Union is also applying targeted restrictive measures (travel ban and asset freeze) to persons involved in human rights violations or undermining democracy or the rule of law.

Currently 18 high-level officials with close links to the government of President Nicolas Maduro have been listed by the EU. However, the asset freeze imposed on these persons can only affect assets held in or transferred to or from Member States of the European Union. The European Union has not imposed wider economic restrictive measures affecting directly the Venezuelan people.

However, the EU is following closely developments that might jeopardise some of Venezuela's important assets such as gold holdings. It is in close discussions with international partners with a view to improving coordination of efforts also in that respect.

Last updated: 20 May 2019Legal notice