The European Union supports the Dutch government's initiative, a EU spokesperson told Sputnik late on Monday.
"We welcome the initiative taken by the Netherlands to organize an expert seminar 'Towards and EU global human rights sanctions regime' on 20 of November. Experts from the European External Actions service will attend the workshop," the spokesperson said.
"Tomorrow’s meeting will provide a good opportunity for experts to discuss this issue… Let me also remind you that the introduction of new sanctions is for EU member states to determine and unanimously agree on in the Council," the spokesperson added.
Blok believes that following talks in the Hague, the sanctions regime could be included into the agenda of the next meeting of EU foreign ministers, which will be held in Brussels on December 10.