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Parliamentary question - P-005069/2021Parliamentary question

Adverse effect of US extraterritorial sanctions on EU workers and consumers

Priority question for written answer  P-005069/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Karolin Braunsberger-Reinhold (PPE)

In its resolution of 6 October 2021, the European Parliament calls on the Commission ‘to ... respond to ... the exterritorial application of sanctions, which is contrary to international law’[1]. As the Commission has repeatedly affirmed, ‘the EU opposes the imposition of sanctions against EU companies conducting legitimate business and systematically conveys this message to the US’[2].

Nevertheless, on 23 September 2021, the United States House of Representatives approved fresh legislation imposing sanctions against gas imports from Russia to the EU via the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline[3],[4]. The matter has been before the US Senate since 8 November 2021[5]. Once approved by both houses, drastic US punitive measures against EU companies and citizens will enter into force, placing further pressure on energy markets that are already struggling to meet demand in the heating season. That would be highly detrimental to EU interests, regardless of where one stands on Nord Stream 2. Individual households, the economy and employment are already suffering the consequences of high energy prices.

The matter is now of the highest urgency.

In view of this, what action does the Commission propose to take to protect Union citizens, businesses and jobs from the threatened sanctions, which are contrary to international law?

Last updated: 16 November 2021
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