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Protecting against coercion

On 8 December 2021, the Commission published a proposal for an instrument to protect the EU and its Member States from third countries’ coercive actions.

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In recent years, there has been an increase in the practices of non-EU countries seeking to unduly interfere in the EU’s and/or its Member States’ policy choices.

Such coercive practices, including the threat of coercion, may take the form of existing legislation or unwritten measures and may affect any policy field. They unduly interfere with a country’s sovereignty and undermine the freedom to regulate by taking (or not taking) particular policy measures.

On 8 December 2021, the European Commission published a proposal for an instrument to dissuade or offset such undue tactics in line with public international law.

The instrument would empower the Commission, in specific situations of coercion, to take trade, investment or other restrictive measures towards the non-EU country exerting the pressure.

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