In July 2017, the European Court of Justice allowed the EU Council’s appeal against the General Court’s judgment annulling the terrorist sanctions designation of Hamas (see previous blog). The Court held that the General Court was wrong to have decided that in considering whether a re-listing remained justified on the basis of ongoing terrorist risk, the EU had to decide only on the basis of material that had been assessed by the national authorities. The Court then referred the case back to the General Court because that court had only ruled on 2 of the grounds of appeal when it annulled Hamas’ sanctions listings.
The General Court has now given its judgment – see T-400/10 RENV (14 December 2018). It dismissed all the remaining grounds of appeal, upholding the July 2010 – July 2014 listings of Hamas.