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Parliamentary questions
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4 March 2019
E-001158-19
Question for written answer E-001158-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mario Borghezio (ENF)

 Subject:  Espionage and destabilisation activities promoted by Iran
 Answer in writing 

In Europe there has recently been a resurgence of acts of espionage and destabilisation, for which the Iranian regime is being held responsible. In Germany, a 50-year-old Afghan has been arrested; he had been working as a translator for the German army and had allegedly been passing on intelligence to Iran, while Denmark has reportedly expelled an alleged hitman of the regime, who had been ordered to target political opponents.

Last year in Paris, an ambush had been planned at a conference of the Iranian dissident group MEK; the ambush was foiled and its ramifications led to the expulsion of Iranian diplomats in Austria and the Netherlands.

Furthermore, at the end of 2018 two Iranian diplomats were expelled from Albania for alleged complicity in a plan to commit an attack at a football match.

Can the Commission therefore say what action it intends to take, in diplomatic and security terms, to counter the concrete threat posed by the Iranian regime’s espionage and destabilisation activities? Does it still intend to continue setting up a ‘special purpose vehicle’ (SPV) to bypass the sanctions?

Original language of question: IT 
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