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EU Parliament: Sanctions possible without unanimity

The European Parliament has called on the EU Council to drop the principle of unanimity for decisions on sanctions against human rights violations. Individual EU member states would no longer able to simply block decisions on punitive measures. Instead, decisions should be taken by a qualified majority, according to a resolution adopted by the Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday evening on the EU’s international sanctions mechanism in the field of human rights (EU Magnitsky Act).

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