The Blocking Statute allows EU operators to recover damages arising from the extra-territorial sanctions within its scope from the persons causing them and nullifies the effect in the EU of any foreign court rulings based on them. It also forbids EU persons from complying with those sanctions, unless exceptionally authorised to do so by the European Commission in case non-compliance seriously damages their interests or the interests of the Union. The criteria for applying for an authorisation are contained in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1101. A template is available for authorisation applications. The Commission has stated that the “possibility to apply for an authorisation is foreseen as an exception in [the EU Blocking Statute], which does not create an individual right for the applicant to obtain an authorisation”. The Commission has published a Guidance Note.