EU IMPLEMENTS UN REMOVAL FROM SOMALIA SANCTIONS LIST AND AMENDS MEASURES

On 3 March 2015, the EU removed Mohamed Sa’id from its list of individuals subject to sanctions in view of the situation in Somalia.  This is to reflect his delisting by the United Nations Security Council on 19 December 2014 (UNSC Resolution 1844 (2008)).  See Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/325 implementing Article 13 of Council Regulation (EU) 356/2010 and Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/337 implementing Council Decision 2010/231/CFSP.

The EU also amended its sanctions against Somalia to reflect amendments made by the United Nations Security Council on 24 October 2014 (UNSC Resolution 2182 (2014)).  Under the amended measures, Member States are now authorised to inspect vessels bound to or from Somalia, in Somali territorial waters or off the Somali coast, which they have reasonable grounds to believe are:

  1. carrying charcoal from Somalia in violation of the charcoal ban; or
  2. carrying weapons or military equipment to Somalia, directly or indirectly, in violation of the arms embargo on Somalia; or
  3. carrying weapons or military equipment to individuals or entities designated by the Sanctions Committee.

Member states are authorised to seize and dispose of any such items that they find, and must promptly notify the Sanctions Committee of any inspections carried out under these measures.

The amendments are made by Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/335 amending Council Decision 2010/231/CFSP.

A list of EU sanctions in force against Somalia can be found in the “sanctions in force” section of this blog.

This entry was posted in Latest EU Measures, Somalia, United Nations by Maya Lester QC. Bookmark the permalink.

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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