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Parliamentary questions
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27 May 2019
E-001158/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001158/2019

To safeguard European security, the EU cannot accept Iranian or any other country's hostile activities on European soil. There is complete solidarity between the EU and all EU Member States on this issue and this solidarity will continue.

Whenever there have been reports of such activities, the European Union has been in prompt contact with the authorities of the Member State concerned to offer full support and solidarity. For example, in the case of Denmark at the end of October 2018, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini discussed the situation with the Danish Foreign Minister on the very same day that the case was made public.

Subsequently, the Foreign Affairs Council had two significant discussions on Iran in November and December 2018, leading to the addition of two Iranian individuals and the Directorate for Internal Security of the Iranian Ministry for Intelligence and Security to the European Union's terrorist list(1). These listings were adopted by the Council on 9 January 2019(2).

The discussions on how Europe should collectively respond to threats to the security, whatever their provenance, did not end on that day, and will continue. Indeed, the Foreign Affairs Council conclusions on Iran adopted on 4 February 2019 repeated that ‘The European Union will continue to demonstrate unity and solidarity in this area.’(3)

Lastly, the EU welcomed the registration of INSTEX (Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges) on 31 January 2019, by France, Germany and the United Kingdom as its initial shareholders(4). INSTEX aims to provide economic operators with a payment channel to pursue trade with Iran which is legitimate under EC law.

(1)https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/01/09/fight-against-terrorism-council-renews-the-designations-on-the-eu-terrorist-list-and-adds-two-iranian-individuals-and-one-iranian-entity-in-response-to-recent-foiled-attacks-on-european-soil/
(2)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/dec/2019/25/oj
(3)https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/02/04/iran-council-adopts-conclusions/
(4)https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/57475/statement-high-representativevice-president-federica-mogherini-creation-instex-instrument_en

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