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Parliamentary questions
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8 April 2020
 P-004470/2019
Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-004470/2019

Sanctions or restrictive measures are a Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) tool to promote international peace and security, the rule of law, human rights and other EU values across the globe.

Indeed, in recent years, the Commission has allocated additional resources and staff to address the growing needs in terms of the design, interpretation and implementation of EU restrictive measures. Further reinforcements are possible in the near future, should this be needed to address the increasingly heavy workload.

In line with the mission letter addressed to the Executive Vice-President for an Economy that Works for People by the President of the Commission(1), the sanctions portfolio of the Commission was moved from the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) to the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (FISMA). This transfer took place on 1 January 2020.

To note, this transfer has not changed the Treaty-based competences of the High Representative and of the Commission on sanctions.

First, in close cooperation with the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Commission will work towards strengthening the effectiveness of EU sanction policy. This implies a holistic approach; from sanctions design to the monitoring of their implementation, ensuring that the sanctions imposed by the EU are uniformly applied and strictly enforced.

Second, the Commission will work towards improving the EU’s resilience to extra-territorial sanctions adopted by third countries The synergies between these two strands will strengthen the EU’s role globally.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/mission-letter-valdis-dombrovskis-2019_en.pdf
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