United States – Adoption of sanctions (26 July 2017)


The U.S. Congress adopted a bill imposing new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea yesterday.

If this bill is passed, it will make it possible to impose measures against European natural or legal persons due to situations that have no connection with the United States.

Consequently, the extraterritorial scope of this text appears to be unlawful under international law. We have challenged similar texts that may have been adopted in the past.

In order to protect ourselves from the extraterritorial effects of U.S. legislation (and other legislation), we need to adapt our national mechanisms and update European mechanisms. During the previous legislature period, the National Assembly accomplished valuable work in that respect.

In any event, this issue should be discussed with the institutions, especially the European Commission, and our EU partners.