EU renews Zimbabwe listings and adds exception to arms embargo

zimbabwe-victoria-falls-1The EU has renewed the listings of the 7 people and 1 entity targeted by its Zimbabwe sanctions for a further year, until 20 February 2018.  Currently the sanctions are suspended in respect of all listed people and entities except for Robert Mugabe, Grace Mugabe, and Zimbabwe Defence Industries. See Council Decision 2017/288 amending Council Decision 2011/101/CFSP and the EU’s notices here and here.

It has also introduced an exception to its arms embargo on Zimbabwe, allowing for the export of certain explosive substances where they are solely for use in Zimbabwe’s civilian mining and infrastructure projects. See Council Regulation 2017/284 amending Council Regulation 314/2004 and Council Decision 2017/288 amending Council Decision 2011/101/CFSP.

EU holds new information on 2 people listed on Egypt sanctions

egypt-cairo-2The EU has published a notice for the attention of Mohamed and Amir Garrana, both listed on its sanctions against those said to have misappropriated Egyptian state funds, informing them that it holds new information on file concerning them.  They may write to the Council to obtain the information relating to them before 13 February 2017.

EU updates several listings under DRC sanctions

drc-1-kinshasaThe EU has updated the identifying information for 21 people and 1 entity listed on its sanctions on the Democratic Republic of Congo, in line with changes made by the UN to its own listings in October last year.  See Implementing Regulation 2017/199 implementing Regulation 1183/2005 and Implementing Decision 2017/203 implementing Decision 2010/788/CFSP.  The EU’s notices to the persons in question are here and here.

EU renews all autonomous counter-terrorism listings

eu-council-1The EU Council has reviewed and decided to continue all of the listings under the EU’s autonomous counter-terrorism sanctions regime, which targets people and groups said to be involved in terrorism around the world, including Hamas, Hizballah, and FARC (the sanctions against FARC were suspended in September 2016, see previous blog).  These sanctions are a separate regime from the regime targeting ISIL & Al-Qaida, which since 20 September last year has also allowed the EU to impose its own listings, whereas previously it could only implement UN or individual Member State listings (see previous blog).

See Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/150 implementing Regulation 2580/2001 and repealing Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1127 and Decision 2017/154 updating Common Position 2001/931/CFSP and repealing Decision (CFSP) 2016/1136.  The EU’s notices to listed people and entities are here and here.  Listed people and entities may submit a request to the Council at any time that the decision to list them be reconsidered.  In order for their requests to be considered at the next review, they should be submitted by 24 March 2017.

EU new information about people listed on Egypt sanctions

egypt-cairo-1The EU Council has notified all people listed on the EU’s sanctions on people said to have misappropriated Egyptian state funds that the Council holds new information concerning them on file, and that they may submit a request to the Council before 17 February 2017 to obtain the information relating to them.  A link to the notice is here.

EU renews Tunisia sanctions

tunisia-1The EU has renewed its asset freezing measures on people “responsible for the misappropriation of Tunisian state funds” for a year, until 31 January 2018.  Currently, there are 48 people listed on these sanctions, which were first introduced on 31 January 2011.  It has also updated the information relating to 2 listed people, Sirine Ben Ali and Mohamed Mabrouk.

See Implementing Regulation 2017/149 implementing Regulation 101/2011 and Decision 2017/153 amending Decision 2011/72/CFSP. The EU’s notices to the listed people are here and here.  They may submit a request to the Council before 31 October 2017, together with supporting information, that the decision to list them on the sanctions be reconsidered.

EU removes entities from Iran sanctions lists

blogblogblogFollowing a review of its nuclear sanctions on Iran and several judgments of the General Court and the Court of Justice annulling listings on those measures, the EU has confirmed that a number of entities no longer appear on the EU’s sanctions lists (see previous blogs here and here).  They are:

  • Moallem Insurance Company
  • Petropars Operation & Management Company
  • Petropars Resources Engineering Ltd
  • Iran Aluminium Company
  • Iran Liquefied Natural Gas Co.
  • Hasseatic Trade Trust & Shipping (HTTS) GmbH
  • Naser Bateni
  • North Drilling Company
  • Good Luck Shipping Company LLC

In addition, the EU has confirmed that it has deleted from its sanctions lists the following entities:

  • Bank Saderat PLC (London) (see previous blogs on the EU deletion of Bank Saderat Iran)
  • Neka Novin
  • West Sun Trade GMBH
  • Oil Industry Pension Fund Investment Company (OPIC)

See Regulation (EU) 2017/77 implementing Regulation 267/2012 and Decision 2017/83 amending Decision 2010/413/CFSP.  HM Treasury’s notice is here.

EU to renew Russia listings with new reasons

crimea-1The EU has published a notice addressed to 50 people and 7 entities listed on its targeted Russia sanctions, saying that it intends to maintain their sanctions listings with new statements of reasons.  The sanctions target people and entities said to be responsible for undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The notice is here. The people affected may submit a request to the Council to obtain the intended statements of reasons for their designation before 23 January 2017, and at any time a request to the Council that the decision to include and maintain them on the list should be reconsidered. The next review is 7 February 2017.