EU introduces EU autonomous ISIL/Al-Qaida sanctions

The EU Council has adopted a legal framework today allowing the EU to impose asset freezes and travel bans on people and entities connected with ISIL/Al-Qaida. Previously the EU could only implement UN or individual EU member state listings.  The new power will allow the EU to impose travel bans and asset freezes on people and entities identified as being associated with ISIL (Da’esh)/Al-Qaida, including those providing them with financing, inciting or provoking acts in support of them, or travelling or seeking to travel to or from the EU with the aim or supporting or receiving training from them.  Listings will be introduced by Council decisions and regulations, following proposals from Member States. The Council’s press release explaining these changes is here.

The new measures are Council Regulation 2016/1686 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1693 repealing Common Position 2002/402/CFSP.

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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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