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MEP Schaake (D66/ALDE) responds to Commission proposal to protect European companies in Iran

Press release
The European Commission just announced measures to protect the nuclear deal with Iran after it came under threat when President Trump withdrew the US’ signature. Member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake (D66/ALDE) welcomes the measures, which she believes illustrate Europe's willingness to make sure the production of uranium in Iran remains controlled. European companies doing business in Iran need to be protected from US sanctions.

Schaake: "Today's signal from Europe is crystal clear. We need to safeguard our own policy space. The Commission's proposals should ensure that European companies can continue to do business in Iran, as long as that country abides by the nuclear agreement. Not only does this illustrate our credibility, it also provides us with an opportunity to keep talking to the Iranian regime, especially about topics that are important to Europe."  

Critical engagement

Schaake emphasises that the nuclear agreement with Iran cannot distract from raising other critical topics with Iran’s leaders.  

Schaake: "It is a welcome step that the Iran has committed to curbing its uranium production. Yet on other fronts, the Iran regime isn't playing by the rules at all. Human rights continue to be violated on a systematic scale and Iran's military and political role in countries such as Syria, Lebanon and Yemen has devastating consequences. It is essential that Europe continues to condemn such behaviour. We cannot let the nuclear deal hold us hostage."