The three institutions of the European Union (EU) prohibited access to their headquarters to the ‘lobby’ of Russian companies, as an extension of the sanctions adopted after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, their representatives assured.
The European Parliament was the first institution to act, banning any representative of a Russian company from its premises in early June.
The European Council, which brings together the Member States, and the European Commission (EC) advanced in the same direction and “instructed that people representing Russian interests not be received”, officials confirmed before the start of the European summit devoted to aid to Ukraine.
European leaders are expected to renew the sanctions they have been adopting against Russia since the annexation of Crimea in 2014 on Thursday.
The decision concerns all representatives of Russian interests registered in the EU transparency register to have access to the premises of the institutions in order to meet with the commissioners, with their teams and the European parliamentarians.
Russian diplomats, officials and businessmen can no longer benefit from facilities and visas to enter the EU. But citizens of European countries who represent the interests of their Russian clients in Brussels had no impediment against their activities in the institutions’ headquarters.