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Parliamentary questions
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18 April 2019
E-002088-19
Question for written answer E-002088-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Javier Couso Permuy (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Bank of England's decision on Venezuela

UK regulators have ordered the Bank of England (BoE) to withhold 14 tonnes of gold bullion owned by Venezuela, valued at USD 550 million, on the pretext of preventing it from being sold for personal gain or for the purposes of money laundering.

For several months now, Caracas has been trying to retrieve this gold, which belongs to Venezuela and its people. The gold could be used as collateral to secure loans with international lenders to help the country improve its economic situation, which has been aggravated by the economic war waged against Nicolás Maduro’s government by wealthy Venezuelans and through US sanctions.

1. What is the EU’s position on this situation and this crime against the Venezuelan people?

2. Is the VP/HR considering intervening with the British banking authorities to allow Venezuela free access to its gold?

Original language of question: ES 
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