Sun. Jan 29th, 2023
Brussels, 24 January 2023
See question(s) : E-003248/2022
EN
E-003248/2022
Answer given by Ms McGuinness
on behalf of the European Commission
(24.1.2023)
Since February 2022, the Council has adopted nine packages of sanctions against Russia. None of these sanctions have targeted the gas sector. Rising global uncertainty, coupled with expectations of lower growth and higher inflation, has had a profound impact on valuations and prices in financial markets, in the EU and globally. This is due to the war, Russia’s weaponisation of energy, and their ramifications; it is not a result of EU sanctions.
Energy sanctions are designed to limit Russia’s ability to wage war, while minimising the negative impacts on EU citizens to the largest extent possible. The negative impact of the war and the uncertainty it generates for the EU are likely to continue. That is why the President of the Commission has announced a first package of emergency energy measures aimed at providing an EU-wide response to the difficulties that high energy prices are causing for consumers, as well as for energy firms participating in wholesale energy markets1. This comes in addition to the REPowerEU plan to reduce energy consumption, diversify energy supply and accelerate the green transition.
The Commission is closely monitoring the potential impact of the war on the EU economy. The Commission is not aware of any non-governmental organisations (NGOs) being accused of receiving finance from Russia or Russian gas companies. The Commission does not routinely monitor the political or financial affiliations of EU or third country NGOs. Sanctions imposed in response to the aggression against Ukraine are targeted against persons and/or entities which meet the listing criteria set out in the legal acts2. Any decision on listings falls within the remit of the Council, acting by unanimity.

1 Proposal for a Council Regulation on an emergency intervention to address high energy prices,
COM/2022/473 final.
2 Article 2 of Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP of 17 March 2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and Article 3 of Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 of 17 March 2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

 

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