EU updates DPRK, Libya, and DRC sanctions

DPRK

The EU has amended the entries for 3 entities subject to its sanctions on DPRK, namely Namchongang Trading Corporation, Green Pine Associated Corporation, and Strategic Rocket Force of the Korean People’s Army.  It has also deleted the entries for Pak To-Chun, Paek Se-bong, and Strategic Rocket forces from its annexes containing autonomous EU listings, because they are now listed by the UN since June (see previous blog).

See Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/1330 amending Council Regulation 329/2007 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1339 amending Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/849. The UK’s notice is here.

Libya

As foreshadowed earlier this week here, the EU has introduced new restrictions on exports to Libya, relating to certain goods which may be used for human smuggling and trafficking. The list of goods is in Annex VII of Regulation 2016/44 as amended. The EU has also continued its sanctions against all currently listed persons (see notice here). Regulation 2017/1325 amending Regulation 2016/44 and Decision 2017/1338 amending Decision 2015/1333.

Democratic Republic of Congo

The EU has implemented UN amendments to the listing criteria for sanctions on the Democratic Republic of Congo to include people involved in planning, sponsoring, or participating in attacks against members of the UN Group of Experts. Regulation 2017/1326 amending Regulation 1183/2005 and Decision 2017/1340 amending Decision 2010/788/CFSP.

EU adds 16 people to Syria sanctions

The EU has sanctioned 16 more people on its Syria regime, for their role in the development and use of chemical weapons against the civilian population.  The new listings are of 8 high-ranking military officials and 8 scientists, and bring the total number of people listed under the sanctions, which impose an EU asset freeze and travel ban, to 255. It has also amended the statements of reasons for Saji Darwish and the Centre d’etudes et de recherches syrien (notice here).

See Implementing Regulation 2017/1327 implementing Regulation 36/2012 and Implementing Decision 2017/1341 implementing Decision 2013/255/CFSP. The EU’s notice to the newly listed people is here.

EU implements UN updated Iran information

The EU has updated the listings of 23 people and 14 entities on its anti-nuclear proliferation / ballistic missile sanctions on Iran, to reflect amendments made to the identifying information by the UN.  See Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1124 implementing Council Regulation 267/2012 and Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1127 implementing Council Decision 2010/413/CFSP.

EU renews Russia sanctions

As foreshadowed last week (see previous blog), the EU Council has decided to renew its economic sanctions against Russia for another 6 months, until 21 January 2018.  The sanctions target Russia’s financial, energy, and defence sectors, and access to dual-use goods. The EU press release is here. See Council Decision 2017/1148 amending Council Decision 2014/512/CFSP.

EU amends DPRK sanctions listings

The EU has removed 1 person and 1 entity from its DPRK sanctions list.  Pyon Yong Rip had been listed for being President of the Academy of Science, involved in WMD-related biological research, and Korea International Chemical Joint Venture Company, was said to be a defence conglomerate specialising in acquisition for the DPRK and providing support for the country’s military-related sales. Pyon Yong Rip has been replaced as president of the Academy of Science.

The EU also amended other entries on its sanctions list, including the entries relating to KNIC whose challenge to its designation is currently pending in the General Court.  See Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/993 amending Council Regulation (EC) 329/2007 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/994 amending Council Decision 2016/849.

EU information requirements for licensed trade with Iran

The EU has imposed additional requirements relating to the provision of information about end-use and end-use locations which must be met in order to obtain authorisation for the supply, sale, transfer, or use of certain nuclear-related goods to, from, or in Iran.  See Council Regulation (EU) 2017/964 amending Council Regulation (EU) 267/2012 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/974 amending Council Decision 2010/413/CFSP.

EU implements UN additions to its terrorism and CAR sanctions

The EU has added Fared Saal to its sanctions on ISIL & Al-Qaida, implementing a UN listing from earlier this month.  Fared Saal is said to be a member of ISIL, who has taken part in attacks that led to the deaths of large numbers of civilians. See Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/1094 amending Council Regulation 881/2002.

It has also implemented the UN’s listing of Hissene Abdoulaye on its sanctions against the Central African Republic (see previous blog).  He is said to have become one of the main leaders of armed militias in the country’s capital Bangui. See Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1090 implementing Council Regulation 224/2014 and Council Implementing Decision 2017/1103 implementing Council Decision 2013/798/CFSP.