On 10 February 2015, the European Union published Council Regulation (EU) 2015/192 (which amends Council Regulation (EC) No 174/2005) and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/202 (which amends Council Decision 2010/656/CFSP).
The measures provide a derogation from the prohibition on sale, supply, transfer, or export to Côte d’Ivoire of equipment which might be used for internal repression. The derogation allows construction equipment with ballistic protection where it is solely for civilian use in mining or infrastructure projects.
The measures also include a derogation from this prohibition where the equipment is non-lethal and its purpose is solely to enable Ivorian security forces to maintain public order with “only appropriate and proportionate force”, to support the process of Ivorian Security Sector Reform, or for use by the UN Operation in the country.
These derogations are subject to authorisation on a case by case basis by the exporting Member State.
Where the equipment is purportedly for civilian use the exporting state must inform other Member States and the Commission of its intention to authorise at least one week in advance of doing so, and no more than two weeks after authorisation where the equipment is for maintenance of public order.
A full list of sanctions currently in force against Côte d’Ivoire can be found in the “sanctions in force” section of this blog.