In line with the UN Security Council (previous blog here), the EU has added 4 vessels to its North Korea sanctions list, see: Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/58 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/53. The vessels are as follows: Billions No. 18; Ul Ji Bong 6; Rung Ra 2; and Rye Song Gang 1. UK OFSI Notice here.
In line with the UN Security Council (previous blog here), the EU has removed one person, Zayn Al-Abidin Muhammad Hussein, and amended the entry of another, Seifallah Ben Hassine, from its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list, see: Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/50. UK OFSI Notice here.
In line with the UN Security Council (previous blog here), the EU has deleted one entry, Sanha Clussé, from its Republic of Guinea-Bissau sanctions list, see: Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/36 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/31. EU sanctions were imposed against persons, entities and bodies “threatening the peace, security or stability of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau”. UK OFSI Notice here.
The EU has announced that the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the EFTA countries Iceland and Liechtenstein, members of the European Economic Area, as well as the Republic of Moldova and Armenia have aligned themselves with Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/2282. That Council Decision extended sanctions against the Democratic Republic of the Congo until 12 December 2018 for the country’s “obstruction of electoral processes and related human rights violations” (see previous blog here).
Following a ruling by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) that Russia had imposed an ‘unlawful’ EU-wide ban on pork imports from January 2014, the EU has requested authorisation from the DSB to suspend concessions and other obligations with respect to Russia on the basis that Russia has failed to bring its measures into compliance with the recommendations and rulings of the DSB (Russia denies the EU allegations).
Under the request for authorisation, it is the EU intention to suspend benefits at an annual level equal to €1.39 billion (total value of the relevant exports in 2013) plus a yearly increase rate of 15%. At a special DSB meeting on 3 January 2018, Russia objected to that level of suspension proposed and, as a result, the matter has been referred to arbitration. The next meeting of the DSB is scheduled for 12 January 2018.
In line with recent UN Security Council Resolution 2397 (2017), the EU has added 16 individuals and 1 entity, ‘Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces (MPAF)’, to its North Korea sanctions list (asset freezes and travel restrictions imposed). See Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/16, Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/12 and EU Notice.
The EU has stated that it will work on the swift transposition of the other sanctions included in the UNSC Resolution and that it is likely to adopt “additional autonomous measures in the coming weeks”. EU press release here.
The EU has adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/2426, which prolongs sanctions targeting the financial, energy and defence sectors of the Russian economy until 31 July 2018 (we reported last week that EU leaders had agreed to continue the sanctions). The EU measures were originally introduced in July 2014 for one year in response to Russia’s actions “destabilising the situation in Ukraine”. EU press release here (includes summary of sanctions prolonged by this decision).
The UK Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has updated nine open general export licences (OGELs) to reflect recent amendments to the EU dual-use control list in Annex I to Council Regulation (EC) 428/2009 (amended by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2268).
Both the EU amendments and the changes to the OGELs came into force on 16 December 2017. Click here for the ECJU Notice, and here for a summary of the changes to the EU control list of dual-use items.