The EU has extended its sanctions regime against Syria for 1 year, until 1 June 2016. It has also amended its prohibition on the import, export, and transfer of cultural property and provision of related services where reasonable suspicion exists that the property has been illegally removed from Syria on or after 9 May 2011. It now encompasses property removed on or after 15 March 2011.
In addition, the EU has amended its Syrian sanctions listings. It has added General Muhamad, deleted the entry for Rustum Ghazali, and updated the entries for 10 other people. The measures also no longer list Mazen Al-Tabbaa and Bassam Sabbagh, following judgments in joined cases T-329/12 / T-74/13 and in case T-652 annulling their listings (see previous blogs here and here). Under the sanctions, listed people and entities are subject to an EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban.
The changes are set out in Council Regulation (EU) 2015/827 amending Council Regulation (EU) 36/2012, Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/828 implementing Council Regulation (EU) 36/2012, and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/837 amending Council Decision 2013/255/CFSP.