Decision (CFSP) 2020/898 amending Decision (CFSP) 2017/2074 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Venezuela

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Series Details L 205I, Pages 6-10
Publication Date 29/06/2020
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Decision (CSFP) 2020/898 - adopted by the Council of the European Union on 29 June 2020 - amending Decision (CFSP) 2017/2074 concerning sanctions in view of the situation in Venezuela.

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Regulation (EU) 2017/2063 and Decision (CFSP) 2017/2074 set out the restricted measures on Venezuela introduced in November 2017. They include an embargo on arms and on equipment for internal repression and well as a travel ban and an asset freeze on listed individuals.

This Decision adds 11 leading Venezuelan officials to the Annex listing those subject to restrictive measures, because of their role in acts and decisions undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela.

The individuals added to the list were responsible notably for acting against the democratic functioning of the National Assembly, including by stripping the parliamentary immunity of several members of its members, not least its president. Actions motivating the decision for listing also include initiating politically motivated prosecutions and creating obstacles to a political and democratic solution to the crisis in Venezuela, as well as serious violations of human rights and restrictions of fundamental freedoms.

As retaliation to this Decision, the Venezuelan authorities decided to expel the EU's ambassador to the country.

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Bloomberg, 29/06/2020: Venezuela’s Maduro Expels EU Ambassador Over New Sanctions
Reuters, 29/06/2020: Venezuela's Maduro orders EU envoy to leave following fresh sanctions
Deutsche Welle, 29/06/2020: Maduro orders EU envoy to leave Venezuela over sanctions
TeleSUR, 29/06/2020: Venezuela Venezuela Expels EU Ambassador After Sanctions Imposed
Jornal Económico, 30/06/2020: Venezuela: Colombia, Bolivia and Paraguay condemn expulsion of EU ambassador
BBC News, 30/06/2020: Venezuela tells EU ambassador to leave country
France24, 30/06/2020: Venezuela's Maduro gives EU ambassador 72 hours to leave the country
EurActiv, 30/06/2020: Maduro gives EU ambassador 72 hours to leave Venezuela
Euronews, 30/06/2020: Venezuela: Maduro expels EU ambassador after Brussels imposes sanctions

Council of the European Union: Press Release, 29/06/2020: Venezuela: eleven officials added to sanctions list
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 30/06/2020: Venezuela: Declaration by the High Representative, on behalf of the European Union, on the latest developments in Venezuela

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