House of Commons EU committee on EU lifting Belarus sanctions

Earlier this year, the House of Commons EU Scrutiny Committee asked Europe Minister David Lidington to comment on the EU’s decision to lift its Belarus sanctions against 170 people and 3 entities on 15 February 2016 (see previous blog).  The Minister did so in March, informing the committee that EU member states had noted improvements in the human rights situation in Belarus, and that his view was that “in order for sanctions to remain a credible and effective foreign policy tool, it is important that we remain willing to lift measures in response to positive changes in behaviour”. The Committee has now cleared the EU measures implementing that decision from scrutiny, although expressing its surprise that the Minister did not submit the related measures and Explanatory Memorandum for scrutiny until 9 March. The Committee said that “the ensuing year will tell if the policy of ‘carefully calibrated engagement’ that the Minister says he is seeking is any more effective than hitherto in securing fundamental change”.

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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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