On 6 March 2015, the European Council announced that it was imposing asset freezes and travel bans on a further seven individuals and six entities in view of the situation in Syria. The names are added to a previous list of 211 individuals and 63 entities already subject to the sanctions.
In its statement, the Council explained that “As the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, the Council has reinforced EU restrictive measures against sponsors of the Syrian regime”.
The Council went on to repeat its commitment made in December 2014 “that the EU would continue imposing and enforcing sanctions that target the regime and its supporters as long as repression continues”, and suggested that “a lasting solution to the conflict can only come through a Syrian-led political process that leads to a transition. The EU continues to encourage all efforts to this end”.
The new measures are brought into force by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/375 implementing Council Regulation (EU) 36/2012 and Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/383 implementing Council Decision 2013/255/CFSP.
A list of sanctions in force against Syria can be found in the “sanctions in force” section of this blog.