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Parliamentary questions
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27 July 2018
E-004184-18
Question for written answer E-004184-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Andrejs Mamikins (S&D)

 Subject:  Effect on the European Union of US-imposed sanctions against Iran
 Answer in writing 

US authorities have officially denied the European Union’s request, made by ministers from Germany, France and the UK, along with EU officials, to introduce certain exemptions to the sanctions regime against Iran for transactions in the financial, energy and health sectors.

The United States will put in place most of the sanctions against Iran in early August. In November, the sanctions will also cover the supply of Iranian oil.

It is obvious that European companies will suffer significantly under the sanctions imposed. This is of particular concern to EU Member States such as France, Italy and Germany, whose growing exports of goods to Iran are worth EUR 1.5, 1.7 and 3 billion each year.

How does the Commission view the US’ refusal to provide the EU with exemptions from the sanctions regime against Iran?

What action does the Commission intend to take, depending on the final decision of the US, in order to find a solution to the issue of sanctions imposed against Iran?

What is the Commission’s plan to reduce the negative effects on European businesses and minimise the financial losses of EU enterprises caused by US sanctions against Iran?

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