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6 December 2018

Major interpellation for written answer with debate G-000008/2018

to the Commission (Vice-President / High Representative)

Rule 130b

Anders Primdahl Vistisen, Pavel Telička, Péter Niedermüller, Heinz K. Becker, Frédérique Ries, Jozo Radoš, Nadja Hirsch, Wolf Klinz, Gérard Deprez, Robert Rochefort, Renate Weber, Marietje Schaake, Igor Gräzin, Norica Nicolai, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Dominique Riquet, Jean Arthuis, Bernd Kölmel, Joachim Starbatty, Kristina Winberg, Peter Lundgren, Jan Zahradil, Ruža Tomašić, Bas Belder, Richard Sulík, Raffaele Fitto, Kosma Złotowski, Laurenţiu Rebega, Karol Karski, Anna Elżbieta Fotyga, Hans-Olaf Henkel, Ryszard Antoni Legutko, Lorenzo Cesa, Anders Sellström, Željana Zovko, Patricija Šulin, Tomáš Zdechovský, Marijana Petir, José Inácio Faria, Antonio López-Istúriz White, Fulvio Martusciello, Esteban González Pons, Milan Zver, Monika Hohlmeier, Cristian Dan Preda, Stefan Gehrold, Traian Ungureanu, Tunne Kelam, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Anna Záborská, Elisabetta Gardini, Lukas Mandl, James Carver, Monika Beňová, Andi Cristea, Theresa Griffin, Pina Picierno, Boris Zala, Doru-Claudian Frunzulică, Dan Nica

  Subject: VP/HR - Recent state-terror activities by Iran in the EU

On 30 October 2018, Copenhagen accused Irans intelligence services of planning an assassination on Danish soil. Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen stated that such acts are totally unacceptable and that further actions against Iran will be discussed in the EU.

The foiled attack in Denmark is only the latest in a string of Iranian terror plots in Europe this year. In January, the German police raided 10 suspected Iranian agents believed to have spied on potential Israeli and Jewish terror targets, including Jewish kindergartens. That same month, Germany summoned Irans ambassador in Berlin after a Pakistani man was convicted of spying for Iran on a German politician as a possible assassination target. On 10 October, Belgium charged an Iranian diplomat accredited in Austria with plotting a bomb attack in France. Only a day earlier, the Czech Republic discovered a cybernetic espionage attack by Hezbollah, Irans proxy. Furthermore, according to public reports by German intelligence services, Tehran uses mosques as an instrument of the Iranian state, propagating the export of the Iranian revolution.

1. Does the EU acknowledge that Iranian state terrorism and Shia groups operating at the behest of Iran – such as Hezbollah – pose a threat to European security?

2. Why didnt the EEAS publicly condemn the recent terror plots or at least express its solidarity with the targeted Member States? Why hasnt the Iranian ambassador to the EU been summoned? What, if anything, is the EU doing in order to curtail Irans criminal and terrorist activities in Europe?

3. Is the EU considering proscribing the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah in its entirety in order to deter Iran from carrying out further attacks in Europe?


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