Question for written answer E-008846/2015
to the Commission
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: EU delegation in Tehran
An EU delegation will be based in Tehran. What exactly are the qualifying criteria for it being there and what is the cost involved for having such a delegation based in Iran?
Can the Commission provide full details of this delegation?
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini
on behalf of the Commission
The EU is currently exploring options for opening an EU Delegation in Tehran. The eventual decision to open a delegation, while taken by the High Representative, will need to follow the standard procedures as set out in Article 5 of Council Decision 2010/427/EU of 26 July 2010; as such it will require the approval of the Council and of the European Commission. Given the early stage of the decision-making process and the range of possible options, considerations such as exact costs, staffing and other associated issues are as yet unclear.