EU TO RENEW TUNISIA SANCTIONS AND HAS ‘NEW ELEMENTS’ AND DATA RELATING TO THE PEOPLE LISTED

The European Union has published a Notice for the attention of people subject to restrictive measures under Council Decision 2011/72/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) No 101/2011, stating that the Council of the European Union intends to renew its restrictive measures (asset freezing measures and travel bans on listed people) and that the Council “holds on its file new elements” concerning everyone listed, and invites them to requests the information relating to them before 15 January 2015. This gives those people only 3 working days from publication of that notice to do so. The notice says that observations received will be taken into account as part of the Council’s periodic review.

A separate notice for the “data subjects” to whom the same measures apply was also published, under the EU data protection Regulation (EC) No 45/2001, informing them that the data controller is the Council of the EU and giving contact details in relation to the data processing operation (establishing and updating the list of targeted people). The notice says that the data the EU has collected includes data necessary to identify the individuals concerned, a statement of reasons for each listing, and “any other data related thereto”, which “may be shared as necessary with the European External Action Service and the Commission”. This data is retained for 5 years after a person has been removed from the list, or for the duration of any court proceedings.

The EU’s sanctions relating to Tunisia were last renewed on 31 January 2014 (see previous blog), and appear on the ‘sanctions in force’ section of this blog.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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