The EU has updated the designation criteria for people and entities under its Libya sanctions regime in accordance with changes made by the UN Security Council to its own sanctions in March by Resolution 2213. Under the sanctions, listed people and entities are subject to an EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban.
The designation criteria now also include persons:
- involved in the repressive policies of the former Qadhafi regime in Libya, or otherwise formerly associated with the regime and posing a continued risk to the peace, stability, and security of Libya or the completion of its political transition;
- threatening or coercing Libyan State financial institutions and the Libyan National Oil Company, or engaging in any action that may lead to the misappropriation of Libyan State funds; or
- who own or control Libyan state funds misappropriated during the former Qadhafi regime in Libya, which could be used to threaten the peace, stability, or security of the country or the completion of its political transition.
In addition, Libyan Investment Authority and Libyan Africa Investment Portfolio are now listed in Annex VI, and Article 5(4), where they were specifically targeted for asset freezes, now refers to all entities listed in Annex VI.
The EU has also moved Abdelhafiz Zlitni from Annex III to Annex II, and amended his name from “Abdelhaziz”, amended Abdulqader Al-Baghdadi’s listing to state that he is dead, amended Saadi Qadhafi’s listing to state that he is in custody in Libya, and given new aliases for Quren Al-Qadhafi (Akrin Saleh Akrin), whose address is now recorded as Egypt, and Safia Al-Barassi (Safia Al-Hadad).
The updates to the designation criteria are set out in Council Regulation (EU) 2015/813 amending Council Regulation (EU) 204/2011 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/818 amending Council Decision 2011/137/CFSP. The listing amendments are made by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/814 implementing Council Regulation (EU) 204/2011. HM Treasury’s notices are here and here.