On 28 October 2020, French Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Jordan Bardella of the Identity and Democracy Group posed a written parliamentary question to the European Commission:
“France, targeted by Islamist terrorism with the assassination of Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, is now also being targeted by a campaign of attacks and calls for boycotts – apparently orchestrated by Turkey – from several countries.
Over and beyond feeble statements concerning the Turkish President’s ‘unacceptable’ comments, is the Commission planning to adopt any real financial or trade sanctions against countries such as Turkey, Pakistan, Kuwait and Qatar, in order to reassert our common values and make European solidarity tangible?”
On 4 February 2021, High Representative and Vice-President Borrell responded on behalf of the European Commission stating: “The adoption of new restrictive measures regimes is a matter for the Council which acts by unanimity. There is currently no discussion ongoing regarding restrictive measures regimes against Pakistan, Kuwait or Qatar. In the case of Turkey, in November 2019 the Council adopted a framework for targeted restrictive measures in response to Turkey’s unauthorised drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean. Two persons have been designated to date under this regime.
On 10 December 2020, the European Council, in line with the European Council conclusions of 1 October 2020, invited the Council to adopt additional listings under this regime and the High Representative and the Commission to submit a report on the EU-Turkey political, economic and trade relations and on instruments and options on how to proceed, including on the extension of the scope of the abovementioned regime for consideration at the latest at the March 2021 European Council.”
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