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INSTEX - Europe's Iran trade mechanism to bypass US sanctions

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Britain, France and Germany - the European signatories to the 2015 Nuclear deal that curbed Tehran's nuclear ambitions, in return for sanctions relief has launched the device INSTEX at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Bucharest.

INSTEX - Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges

  • It is a project of the three governments (Britain, France and Germany), will receive the formal endorsement of all 28 EU members.
  • The company is registered in Paris with an initial 3,000 euros in capital and a supervisory board with members from France and Germany, and chaired by a Britain.
  • INSTEX will support legitimate European trade with Iran, focusing initially on the sectors most essential to the Iranian population -- such as pharmaceutical, medical devices and agri-food goods.
  • In the longer term, INSTEX aims to be open to third countries wanting to trade with Iran.
  • INSTEX is not yet operational and needs Iran to set up a parallel structure of its own, something which may take some time to complete.
  • It is primarily aimed at small and medium sized companies.

Significance of INSTEX

  • The move to setup INSTEX was "a clear, practical demonstration" of Europe's commitment to continuing the nuclear deal, but it does not in any way preclude EU from addressing Iran's hostile and destabilising activities.
  • It is not a primarily commercial move but a strategic one to counter Trump’s unilateral decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal.
  • INSTEX represents the start of a European fightback against Washington's swingeing extra-territorial sanctions -- which are enabled by the dollar's role as the world's dominant reserve currency.