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Canada Burundi: The European Union extends its economic sanctions

04:20  01 december  2021
04:20  01 december  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le président burundais Evariste Ndayishimiye le 26 juin 2020 au stade Ingoma à Gitega. © AFP photos / TCHANDROU Nitanga President Burundais Evariste Ndayishimiye on June 26, 2020 at Ingoma Stadium in Gitega.

A few days ago, it was learned that the European Union had renewed its targeted sanctions against several Burundian personalities until 31 October. It is now the case of economic sanctions.

High-placed sources indicate that the Burundian government had been assured that budget sanctions against Burundi since 2015 would be lifted two months ago. It was nothing and the government is angry, according to RFI information.

Because he had placed all his hopes in a lifting of the budgetary sanctions of the European Union and his Member States in September, to bring back fresh money into his coffers and finally be able to leave this crisis that ends not. Dreaming currency, galloping inflation, gasoline, diesel, or essential products imported, Gitega has been facing a highly deteriorated economic situation for a year. But his hopes were shown a few weeks ago.

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Community sanctions in 1980 against the Soviet Union over its invasion of Afghanistan marked the beginning of a coordinated European sanctions policy independent of the UN. The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), established in 1992 by the Maastricht Treaty, further strengthened Economic sanctions are rarer; where they exist, they typically target one or two strategic activities, rather than the economy as a whole. For example, sanctions against Russia restrict EU exports of technology and services used by the country's oil industry to develop Arctic, deep-water and shale oil

Restrictive measures ( sanctions ) are an essential tool in the EU ’s common foreign and security policy (CFSP), through which the EU can intervene where necessary to prevent conflict or respond to emerging or current crises. In spite of their colloquial name ‘ sanctions ’, EU restrictive measures are not punitive. The European Commission, together with the High Representative, give effect to these decisions into EU law through joint proposals for Council regulations, also adopted by the Council. In addition, in its role as guardian of the treaties the Commission has an essential role in overseeing


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The post-cotonou agreement is not yet signed by all parties, the European Union has therefore decided to extend the Application of the Cotonou Agreement which binds to the States of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) until the end of February 2022. It extended in the wake the budget sanctions against the Government of Burundi for the same period, According to sources in Brussels. Without any explanation. "A decision will be made by a Council of Ministers of the European Union at the beginning of next year," says one of them.

Political dialogue referred to 2022

The Burundian authorities saw red when they learned the news. A sign of their dissatisfaction, they referred early next year a session of the political dialogue with the Europeans planned in November.

On the side of the NGOs, we want to use this respite to accentuate the pressures on Brussels, accused of closing their eyes on human rights violations that continue under the Evarist Ndayishimiye, according to these organizations. They ask the European Union to determine the end of the budgetary sanctions to a series of progress on this subject.

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