EU renews Syria sanctions for 1 year

The EU has renewed its sanctions on Syria for another year, until 1 June 2017.  The sanctions regime currently includes an arms embargo, oil embargo, financial restrictions, and targeted travel bans and assets freezes on over 200 people and 70 entities.

In its press release, the EU Council said that the decision was in accordance with its principle that the sanctions would continue for as long as repression was taking place in Syria.  It also committed to taking a larger political role in support of resuming the intra-Syrian talks and finding an agreement for a genuine political transition in the country.

The EU also de-listed 2 people and amended the entries for 17 others.

See Implementing Regulation 2016/840 implementing Regulation 36/2012 and Decision 2016/850 amending Decision 2013/255/CFSP.  HM Treasury’s notice is here.

This entry was posted in Latest EU Measures, Syria 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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