Yesterday's assassination of Mr Luis Manuel Díaz, the regional secretary of the Acción Democrática party, marks a further deterioration of an already tense situation in the run up to the parliamentary elections on 6 December 2015.
The EU expresses condolences to the family of Mr Diaz.
This killing adds up to a worrying tendency of increasing number of violent attacks linked with the electoral campaign. The circumstances of the assassination must be swiftly investigated and those responsible for such acts must be brought to justice.
The EU calls on Venezuelan authorities to guarantee that the electoral campaign can take place in a peaceful and orderly environment.