These sanctions were introduced on 13 November 2017.
The EU introduced this sanctions regime because of:
serious human rights violations / abuses
actions, policies and activities that undermine democracy or the rule of law in Venezuela.
You can view Council Regulation (EU) 2017/2063 on restrictive measures in Venezuela online.
You can find the most recent amendments to the Regulation by searching on EUR-Lex – an online database that provides free access to EU law, international agreements and other public documents. Just: