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Parliamentary questions
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31 July 2019
Question for written answer E-002486-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 138
Julie Lechanteux (ID)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Shipping safety in the Strait of Hormuz
 Answer in writing 

The crisis in the Strait of Hormuz is a dangerous development as regards both the geopolitical situation in the region and maritime security, especially as 20% of the world’s oil, and 30% of LPG, is transported through the area.

The situation has steadily worsened since the British tanker Stena Impero was seized on 19 July 2019 in retaliation at the seizure by the Gibraltar authorities of the Iranian vessel Grace I.

The Lloyd’s Market Association’s Joint War Committee(1), which brings together over 80 companies and controls one fifth of shipping insurance policies, has taken formal steps to add the Persian Gulf to the list of areas at risk of war.

The USA is in the process of mounting Operation Sentinel, an international maritime effort, and is calling for European partners to get involved(2).

Given her powers in the area of common security and defence (under Articles 42 to 46 of Title V, Chapter 2, Section 2 of the Treaty on European Union, as well as Protocols Nos 1, 10 and 11, and Declarations 13 and 14, annexed thereto), and with a view to guaranteeing the safety of shipping, could the Vice-President/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy state the EU’s position on this matter?


Original language of question: FR 
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