Today, Januaryt 16th 2020, the European Parliament approved by 471 votes the resolution on Venezuela in which it:
1. Recognises Juan Guaidó as the President in charge of Venezuela and as President of the National Assembly
2. Calls for individual sanctions for members of the entourage of Nicolás Maduro’s regime, including relatives of those who are supporting a dictatorship that violates human rights
3. They urge the countries of the European Union to recognize the diplomatic representatives appointed by President Guaidó in Europe.
4. They request that the three European Union Member States that do not recognize Juan Guaidó as President in charge of Venezuela do so.
With 471 votes in favour, 101 against and 103 abstentions, and following the official visit to the European Parliament by the diplomatic delegation appointed by President Juan Guaidó, made up of the Deputy Commissioner for External Relations, Isadora Zubillaga, Dep. Mariela Magallanes and Dep. Williams Dávila the resolution was approved, stressing that the events that took place on January 5th, 2020 in the National Assembly are considered an attempt at a parliamentary coup by the illegitimate and usurper regime of Nicolás Maduro, and that these acts are detrimental to the democratic and constitutional functioning of Parliament.
Likewise, the document condemns the pretension of a group of parliamentarians affiliated to Maduro to elect themselves to form a new directive, declaring it null and void, since the session never formally began, since there was no regulatory Director of Session, no legal count of the quorum was made and the roll call vote was not verified, as indicated in Articles 7, 8 and 11 of the Internal Regulations and Debates of the National Assembly and Article 221 of the Venezuelan Constitution.
In the resolution, the European Parliament stresses that due to the forced circumstances, “an overwhelming majority of parliamentarians held an extraordinary meeting at the headquarters of the newspaper El Nacional, in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution and the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly which allow meetings to be held outside the legislative premises, complying with the conformation of the parliamentary quorum with the attendance of 100 of the 167 parliamentarians, the provision of nominal voting according to Article 221 of the Venezuelan constitution, they voted to re-elect Juan Guaido and other members of the board of directors, being subsequently sworn in at the Session held on January 7th in the facilities of the Federal Legislative Palace, seat of the National Assembly, despite the attempts of the forces of the Maduro regime to prevent the session from taking place, including entrance obstructions and power cuts in the building.”
The European Parliament reiterated its recognition of Guaidó as President (E) of Venezuela and condemned the attempted coup d’état of Jan. 5th, 2001
Today, 16th January 2020, the European Parliament adopted by 471 votes the resolution on Venezuela
The European Parliament reiterates its recognition of Juan Guaidó as the legitimate President of the National Assembly and as the legitimate interim President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela under Article 233, strongly condemning the attempted parliamentary coup by Maduro’s regime and its allies, while calling for respect of democratic institutions and principles, and the defense of the rule of law. Calling for the transition to democracy through the roadmap consisting of the cessation of usurpation, a transitional government and the creation of conditions conducive to free, transparent and credible presidential elections based on a fixed timetable, fair guarantees for all players, transparency and the presence of international observers, while calling on its Member States which have not yet done so to recognize the legitimate mandate of President Guaidó and to take advantage of the recognition made by the High Representative in this respect, as the only democratic authority recognized by the EU.
For his part, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, issued a statement recognizing Juan Guaidó as President, while rejecting the MEPs who sought to usurp office, pointing out that an urgent response is needed to reach a political solution to the Venezuelan crisis that would result in free presidential elections, including agreement of a new, credible CNE and TSJ.
The resolution adopted today was discussed on Tuesday with MEPs from the different (parliamentary) groups.
This consolidates Europe’s support for Venezuela’s legitimate National Assembly and the interim government of President Juan Guaidó, who is leading the struggle for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela and the rescue of freedoms for the human and constitutional rights of all Venezuelans, while guaranteeing regional and hemispheric stability.
The legitimate government is grateful for the support of the Socialist, Renew, Popular and Conservative groups, as well as for the welcome given by the MEPs from Spain, Croatia, Slovakia, Cyprus, Italy and Austria.