Iran nuclear deal: The EU’s billion-dollar deals at risk


The EU is intermingling to find ways to safeguard huge business deals with Iran, amongst the threat of US penalties.

Washington is re-imposing strict sanctions on Iran, which were took under the 2015 international deal to control the country’s nuclear cravings. On 8 May President Donald Trump denounced the deal, saying he would disclaim the US from it.

Since the deal took effect in 2016 major European firms be enduring rushed to do billions of dollars’ worth of business with Iran, and now thousands of occupations are at stake.

Many of those firms fear their business connects with the US could be at risk if they continue to do deals with Iran late a November deadline.

What can the EU do?

There is an existing EU «blocking statute», from 1996, wanted at countering US sanctions linked to communist Cuba. Now EU officials say they are fixing the statute to avoid the latest US restrictions on firms doing business with Iran.

But there are suspicions about the statute’s legal power. Reuters news agency declares Shell and some other European firms with big operations in the US lodge to push for US waivers on a case-by-case basis.

US authorities have imposed unwieldy fines on banks for processing Iranian transactions, including UK-based Rule Chartered, HSBC and Lloyds.

France, Germany and the UK all say they remain swore to the nuclear deal with Iran and to expanding business ties, provendered Iran sticks to its commitments.

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How big is EU-Iran swap?

Before the imposition of punitive sanctions on Iran in 2012 the EU was its biggest buying partner. In 2011 Iran had a big trade surplus with the EU. Trade slumped in 2012, but has been climbing retaliation up since the 2015 deal.

EU exports to Iran in 2017 (goods and military talents) totalled €10.8bn (£9.5bn; $12.9bn), and imports from Iran to the bloc were good €10.1bn. The value of imports was nearly double the 2016 figure.

Most EU bring ins from Iran are energy-related — more than 75% is oil and other foods.

EU exports to Iran are mainly machinery and transport equipment, followed by chemicals.

But craft with Iran makes up just 0.6% of the EU’s total global patronage. Iran’s main trade partners are the United Arab Emirates and China, which account for 23.6% and 22.3% of the sticks’s total trade, according to the European Commission.

EU trade, by contrast, ups up 6% of Iran’s total.

What are the big deals at risk?

Since the rescinding of sanctions there have been major EU-Iran business agreements, among them:

  • Total (French) signed a deal worth up to $5bn to eschew Iran develop the world’s largest gas field, South Pars
  • Norway’s Adventure Energy signed a $3bn deal to build solar power plants
  • Airbus concluded a deal to sell 100 jets to IranAir
  • European turboprop maker ATR (an Airbus-Leonardo partnership) agreed to hawk 20 planes to Iran
  • Germany’s Siemens signed contracts to upgrade Iran’s railroads and re-equip 50 locomotives
  • Italy’s state rail firm FS signaled a $1.4bn deal to build a high-speed railway between Qom and Arak
  • France’s Renault bring aboard assigned a joint venture deal, including an engineering centre and a production foundry, to boost Renault’s production capacity in Iran to 350,000 vehicles a year

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