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Parliamentary questions
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23 October 2019
Question for written answer P-003410-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 138
Niels Fuglsang (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Russian jet fuel supplied to the conflict in Syria via EU ports
 Answer in writing 

In October 2016, Russia supplied a record amount of jet fuel to Syria. It was used by the Putin and Assad regimes to carry out devastating attacks on the Syrian population, including in eastern Aleppo.

Under Council Regulation (EU) No 1323/2014, jet fuel destined for Syria may not be exported from or transported through any EU Member State.

In February 2017, the VP/HR stated that the Commission was aware of information provided in November 2016 showing that the EU ban on jet fuel for Syria might have been breached. Danish broadcaster DR enquired what action the Commission had taken, and it appears that only after that enquiry by DR did the Commission formally bring the matter up with the Member States concerned.

The Commission had apparently had informal contacts prior to that, but they were not recorded. Only when DR asked — two years after the case was first raised — were formal contacts taken up.

— Does the Commission think it has the tools it needs to comply with the provisions in the Syria regulation which stipulate that the Commission is to verify that the Member States enforce EU sanctions? — What should be done to ensure that the Commission has the resources and powers it needs to check that decisions on EU sanctions are being applied?

Original language of question: DA 
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