Sanctions have been imposed on a number of Supreme Court judges and members of the National Electoral Council.
On the “black list”, these officials have joined another 36 officials who have already been banned from entering the EU and whose existing EU funds have been frozen.
It is also forbidden to export to Venezuela arms and equipment that could be used against civil society.
The 27 EU member states announced on 6 January that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guido could no longer be recognized as interim president after he lost his parliamentary speech in the parliamentary elections in December, although the EU did not recognize the election.
Following the controversial re-election of President Nicolas Maduro in 2018, Guido, who served as parliamentary speaker, declared himself interim president and was recognized as the legitimate interim leader of Venezuela by about 50 countries, including the United States and some Latin American countries.
The United States and Britain still consider Guido to be Venezuela’s legitimate leader.
Maduro is supported by China, Russia, Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua.
EU-Venezuela relations have been strained since 2017, when Venezuela became the first Latin American country to be subject to EU sanctions, including an arms embargo.
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