EU mulls sanctions on some in Lebanon for blocking formation of a government

2021-05-12 08:00:00 PM

EU mulls sanctions on some in Lebanon for blocking formation of a government

EU mulls sanctions on some in Lebanon for blocking formation of a government

The move shows the EU’s frustration with the country that is facing financial collapse

John Irish and Robin EmmottA demonstrator carries a national flag along a blocked road during a protest against the fall in Lebanese pound currency and mounting economic hardships in Beirut, Lebanon, March 2021. Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMED AZAKIRParis/Brussels — The EU is drawing up sanctions on politicians in Lebanon seen as blocking the formation of a government, readying the bloc’s first penalties on its Middle Eastern ally in frustration at the ruling elite’s mismanagement, diplomats said.

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12 May 2021 - 13:13 John Irish and Robin Emmott A demonstrator carries a national flag along a blocked road during a protest against the fall in Lebanese pound currency and mounting economic hardships in Beirut, Lebanon, March 2021.12 May 2021 - 13:13 John Irish and Robin Emmott A demonstrator carries a national flag along a blocked road during a protest against the fall in Lebanese pound currency and mounting economic hardships in Beirut, Lebanon, March 2021., a pesticide expert at the University of Cape Town’s school of public health, told the M&G it is “appalling” that the department has completely abdicated any responsibility for its stewardship role linked to pesticide regulation.Palestinians fired uninterrupted barrages of rockets into Israel, while the Israeli military pounded Gaza with air strikes through the early hours of Tuesday, in a dramatic escalation of clashes in Jerusalem.

Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMED AZAKIR Paris/Brussels — The EU is drawing up sanctions on politicians in Lebanon seen as blocking the formation of a government, readying the bloc’s first penalties on its Middle Eastern ally in frustration at the ruling elite’s mismanagement, diplomats said. Led by former colonial power France, the bloc is seeking to ramp up pressure on Lebanon’s squabbling politicians, after 10 months of crisis that has left Lebanon facing financial collapse, hyperinflation, electricity blackouts, and fuel and food shortages. Led by former colonial power France, the bloc is seeking to ramp up pressure on Lebanon’s squabbling politicians, after 10 months of crisis that has left Lebanon facing financial collapse, hyperinflation, electricity blackouts, and fuel and food shortages. No names have been discussed and Hungary has publicly denounced EU efforts to pressure Lebanese politicians, but six diplomats and officials said that technical work has now begun on preparing sanctions — “designation criteria” — after EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday to take action.  “Many of the approved pesticide products have not been re-examined for years, and if subjected to today’s stricter risk assessment standards would likely be banned,” said the report. As many senior Lebanese politicians have homes, bank accounts and investments in the EU, and send their children to universities there, a withdrawal of that access could be a lever to focus minds. As many senior Lebanese politicians have homes, bank accounts and investments in the EU, and send their children to universities there, a withdrawal of that access could be a lever to focus minds. Paris says it has already taken measures to restrict entry for some Lebanese officials, for blocking efforts to tackle the unprecedented crisis, which is rooted in decades of state corruption and debt. Reuters.

“The level of impatience with the ruling class is growing. “The level of impatience with the ruling class is growing. It contains the highly hazardous active ingredient beta-cyfluthrin, which is lethal even in small doses, said the report. They don’t seem to have their peoples’ interest at heart. Expect to see a decision in the next three to four weeks,” said a senior EU diplomat. Expect to see a decision in the next three to four weeks,” said a senior EU diplomat. The EU first needs to set up a sanctions regime that could then see individuals hit by travel bans and asset freezes.  “Very often these farmers, like Bayer and BASF, will say ‘these chemicals are not hazardous’ but these women have reported they always have rashes and skin problems. There are divisions among the 27 EU states over the wisdom of EU sanctions, but the bloc’s two main powers, France and Germany are in favour, which is likely to prove pivotal. There are divisions among the 27 EU states over the wisdom of EU sanctions, but the bloc’s two main powers, France and Germany are in favour, which is likely to prove pivotal.

A larger group of nations has yet to specify their approach. However, officials say it is usual at the technical, preparatory stage that countries remain circumspect and that once a political agreement among EU governments is in place, they will rally around France. However, officials say it is usual at the technical, preparatory stage that countries remain circumspect and that once a political agreement among EU governments is in place, they will rally around France.   Glufosinate is a component of BASF’s pesticide, BASTA SL 200. “It’s just a question of time. We have what we wanted,” said a senior French diplomat after Monday’s meeting. We have what we wanted,” said a senior French diplomat after Monday’s meeting. Given Hungary’s opposition, the working hypothesis is now to go for the approach of each of the remaining 26 EU countries to individually place sanctions, as well as offering aid. Linda Brown, the head of communications and advocacy for BASF South Africa, said it removes products from the market that it does not consider safe.

Carrots and sticks “The people are suffering but the political leaders are not taking responsibility while the country is literally falling apart,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters. Carrots and sticks “The people are suffering but the political leaders are not taking responsibility while the country is literally falling apart,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters. “We are working on an approach that combines carrots and sticks.”  An EU options paper lays out how Lebanon could benefit financially from a variety of aid, but diplomats said there is nothing to suggest these carrots would entice Lebanese politicians and that it was now all about the “sticks”.”  An EU options paper lays out how Lebanon could benefit financially from a variety of aid, but diplomats said there is nothing to suggest these carrots would entice Lebanese politicians and that it was now all about the “sticks”.  “For this reason, we do not sell crop protection products that belong to World Health Organisation Classes 1A and 1B (high acute toxicity). France has not made public what steps it has taken alone, or against whom, and the potential impact is unclear as some Lebanese politicians hold dual nationality. French officials say a list of names is in place but it has not been divulged so as to “shake-up” and keep Lebanese politicians guessing. French officials say a list of names is in place but it has not been divulged so as to “shake-up” and keep Lebanese politicians guessing.

Diplomats have also said the EU would have to decide whether and how to target the political arm of Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed armed movement that wields enormous power in Lebanon and is also held responsible for part of the political status quo.” In 2014, Brown said the EU changed from a risk to a hazard-based approach when approving active ingredients. The group is less likely to have interests in the EU. The group is less likely to have interests in the EU. In a possible signal to the EU, the US, on Tuesday and for the first time under President Joe Biden, sanctioned seven Lebanese nationals it said are connected to Hezbollah’s financial arm and called on governments worldwide to take action against them.  Reuters .  Reuters.” There are vast differences in crops, soil, climate, pests and farming practices around the world, said Brown, and the company tailors its products for specific regional markets.