The EU has today published a new Decision and Implementing Regulation re-listing the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL), and a number of companies alleged to be connected with IRISL, on the EU’s sanctions measures concerning Iran. This is the first EU listing decision since the announcement of the Joint Plan of Action on Sunday – see previous blog. HM Treasury has published a notice on these new measures.
We previously reported that IRISL (and a number of other companies) won its application to annul its designation in the General Court of the European Union on 16 September 2013. That judgment has not been appealed to the European Court of Justice. We also reported that the European Council has re-listed a number of Iranian companies and individuals that also won their applications for annulment, including shipping agency companies HTTS and Good Luck Shipping (blog on Good Luck Shipping’s case here). As explained here, the Council then amended the criteria for inclusion in the EU’s Iran sanctions list to widen the categories of targeted individuals and entities.
Judgment will be handed down in Luxembourg on 12 December 2013 in the case of Nabipour & Ors, an application for annulment by 11 individuals said to be connected with IRISL or its subsidiaries. Maya Lester acts for IRISL and the other applicants in IRISL’s case, Good Luck Shipping, and the individuals in the Nabipour case.