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As the first batch of re-imposed US sanctions on Iran takes effect, the EU’s updated Blocking Statute entered into force on 7 August 2018 to mitigate the impact of these sanctions on the interests of EU companies doing legitimate business in Iran.

About FPI

The EU maintains diplomatic relations with nearly all countries in the world and undertakes a range of actions with strategic partners, key international players, and emerging and developing powers. Working alongside the European External Action Service (EEAS), the service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) is responsible for operational expenditures in the crucial area of EU external action.

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What we do

The core task of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) is to run a number of EU foreign policy actions. The FPI manages operations including their financing. The FPI is a service of the European Commission which works alongside the European External Action Service (EEAS).

Common Foreign and Security Policy

The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union aims to preserve peace and strengthen international security.

The Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace

The IcSP enables the EU to help third countries prevent conflicts or responds to actual crises as they unfold.

The Partnership Instrument

Through the Partnership Instrument (PI), the EU cooperates with partners around the world to advance the Union’s strategic interests and tackle global challenges.

Election observation missions

Through its election observation missions, the European Union supports the right to participate in free and fair elections.


The FPI is responsible for managing sanctions, as regulatory instruments with an important external dimension.

The Instrument for Cooperation with Industrialised Countries

The ICI promotes cooperation with 17 industrialised and other high-income countries and territories.

The Kimberley Process

Through the FPI, the European Commission represents the EU in the Kimberley Process, addressing the trade in ‘conflict diamonds’.

Anti-torture measures

Stopping torture and abolishing capital punishment include measures to prevent the trade in certain goods.