On June 29, the European Union (EU) sanctioned 11 Venezuelan officials close to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, considering that they have violated democratic and human rights in the country. As a consequence, the officials will not be allowed to travel to Europe and, any assets they may own on the continent will be frozen. One of these is deputy Luis Parra, who is disputing the presidency of the National Assembly with Juan Guaidó. More news on the diplomatic relationship between the EU and Venezuela can be expected in the coming days.
For its part, the British Judiciary ruled in favor of Juan Guaidó on July 2 in a dispute over Venezuelan state gold reserves deposited in the Bank of England. The court said the United Kingdom “unequivocally recognizes Guaidó as president of Venezuela,” so it is he who can demand the gold, not Maduro. The reserves are valued at USD 1.4 billion. Maduro’s administration will appeal the ruling in the next few days.