(24.1.2019) Officials representing the bloc’s 28 governments are set to discuss a draft text welcoming the agreement on the SPV at a meeting in Brussels on Friday, according to a person familiar with the process. The governments could then formally adopt it at their next regular meeting, which would be on Monday, the person said.
Deutschland, Frankreich und Großbritannien haben nach NDR-Informationen eine Zweckgesellschaft für den Iran-Handel offiziell gegründet. Der Name: INSTEX. Europa wagt damit die Konfrontation mit den USA.
(1.11.2018) Speaking to reporters Thursday after talks with his Bulgarian counterpart, Netanyahu said radical Islam is a threat to the world, and that Israel has recently revealed a number of Iranian plots to carry out attacks on European soil.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has warned global financial messaging service SWIFT on Friday that it could be penalized if it doesn’t cut off financial services to entities and individuals doing business with Iran.
„During his Friday night conversations with Mogherini as well as Heiko Maas of Germany, Margot Wallstrom of Sweden, and Denmark’s Anders Samuelsen, the top Iranian diplomat discussed with them Washington’s re-imposition of sanctions against Iran and Europe’s efforts to counter such US moves,“ the statement read.
Reuters has recently reported that a new EU mechanism to facilitate payments for Iranian exports should be legally in place by Nov. 4, when the next phase of US sanctions take effect, but it will not be operational until early next year.
„It seems that the fate of our trade with China is linked to the support package being prepared by the European Union,“ Hariri told Bourse & Bazaar in reference to the SPV promised by Iran’s key European trading partners.
(29.10.2018) No EU member state is willing to host the so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to safeguard Brussels‘ trade ties with Tehran from Washington’s anti-Iranian sanctions, according to The Financial Times.
„No EU government wants to cross the US by having the SPV. Member states are not exactly queueing up for it,“ the newspaper quoted EU diplomats as saying on condition of anonymity.
Der schwere Schönheitsfehler dabei: Bisher hat sich noch kein EU-Land gefunden, das diese Zweckgesellschaft beherbergen möchte. Alle fürchten den Bannstrahl der USA.
(2.10.2018) But as Jerusalem Post correspondent Benjamin Weinthal reported, Merkel and her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, also back the European Union’s “special purpose vehicle (SPV)” mechanism to permit financial transactions with Iran. The SPV undercuts the US financial sanctions on Iran’s regime that are due to go into effect on November 5.
The threat of US sanctions has seen EU firms such as French and German car makers Daimler, Peugeot, and Renault, German engineering company Siemens, and French energy firm Total walk away from new ventures in Iran.
But „we [the EU] cannot accept that the US decided the regions with which European companies can or cannot do business,“ Belgian prime minister Charles Michel said after meeting Iranian president Hassan Rohani in New York.
„We’re working hard on this [the SPV] with our European partners,“ German foreign minister Heiko Maas said.
„In times of conflict and crisis is there a better way than diplomacy and dialogue? Is war the alternative?“, says EU Foreign Policy chief on dealings with Iran.
„So I might imagine they would take me seriously when I assure them today that if you cross us, our allies or our partners, if you harm our citizens, if you continue to lie cheat and deceive. Yes there will indeed be hell to pay,“ the US National Security Advisor said.
Speaking at an organisation that opposed the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, from which the Trump administration withdrew in May, Bolton criticised the deal as „the worst diplomatic debacle in American history“.
This is one of the of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional and global peace and security,” he said in a speech delivered against a backdrop of protests from anti-war protesters.
“By sustaining revenues to the regime, you are solidifying Iran’s ranking as the number-one state sponsor of terror,” Mr. Pompeo added, observing Iran’s “corrupt ayatollahs” and elite Revolutionary Guards had to be “laughing this morning.”
Am Montag hat der chinesische Außenminister Wang Yi in New York an der Außenministerkonferenz über die iranische Atomfrage teilgenommen. Die Konferenz wurde von der EU-Außenbeauftragten Federica Mogherini geleitet.
Dabei meinte Wang Yi, die umfassende Vereinbarung über die iranische Atomfrage sei ein vom Weltsicherheitsrat anerkanntes multilaterales Abkommen.
In einer gemeinsamen Pressekonferenz mit dem iranischen Außenminister Mohammad Javad Zarif gab die EU-Außenbeauftragte Federica Mogherini bekannt, die EU werde eine Zweckgesellschaft gründen mit dem Ziel, den Zahlungsverkehr mit Iran aufrechtzuerhalten. Zweck dieser Bank: Trumps Sanktionen gegen Iran umgehen.
In a major snub to the United States, the European Union has decided to set up a new mechanism to enable legal trade with Iran without encountering US sanctions.
The EU will create new payment channels to preserve oil and other business deals with Iran, Federica Mogherini, the bloc’s foreign policy chief said late on Monday, in a bid to evade US punitive measures.
Press point by Federica MOGHERINI, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, following the Ministerial meeting of the E3/EU+2 and Iran on the implementation of the JCPOA, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, on 24 September 2018 in New York.
10. Mindful of the urgency and the need for tangible results, the participants welcomed practical proposals to maintain and develop payment channels, notably the initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle, to facilitate payments related to Iran’s exports (including oil) and imports, which will assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran.