EU renews listing of vessel under Libya sanctions

Ship2.jpgIn line with the UN Security Council, the EU has renewed and amended the listing of vessel ‘Lynn S’ under its Libya sanctions regime until 29 January 2018, see Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/2008 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2006 (which amend the lists found in Annex V to Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 and Annex V to Council Regulation (EU) 2016/44).

The EU Notice explains that the shipowner may submit a request at any time to the “Focal Point” of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee for a reconsideration of the vessel’s inclusion, and may challenge the Commission’s Implementing Regulation in the EU General Court. UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) Notice here.

EU renews Libya vessel listing

Ship.jpgIn line with the UN Security Council, the EU has renewed and amended the listing of a vessel under its Libya sanctions regime until 18 January 2018, see Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1976 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1974 (which amend the lists found in Annex V to Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 and Annex V to Council Regulation (EU) 2016/44).

The EU Notice explains that the shipowner may submit a request at any time to the “Focal Point” of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee for a reconsideration of the vessel’s inclusion, and may challenge the Commission’s Implementing Regulation in the EU General Court. UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation Notice here.

EU renews targeted Libya sanctions for 6 months

The EU has decided to renew its targeted sanctions on Libya for 6 months. They target 3 people – Agila Saleh, president of Libya’s legislature the House of Representatives, and Khalifa Ghweil and Nuri Abu Sahmain, Prime Minister and President of the General National Congress. They are listed for “obstructing the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement…and the formation of a Government of National Accord”. See Council Decision 2017/1776 amending Council Decision 2015/1333.

EU adds another vessel to its Libya sanctions

The EU has added the vessel Lynn S to its sanctions on Libya, which among other things prohibit vessels from loading, transporting, or discharging crude oil from Libya and ban them from accessing EU ports.  It has also amended the entry for the vessel Capricorn, which it listed earlier this week, to include its IMO number (see previous blog).

See Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1456 amending Council Regulation (EU) 2016/44 and Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1458 implementing Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333.

EU updates Libya & Terrorism sanctions

Libya

In June, the UN Security Council expanded its sanctions on illegal oil exports from Libya to cover vessels loading, transporting, or discharging petroleum, including crude oil and refined petroleum products, for export from Libya. The EU has now implemented those new measures, along with the UN’s listing of the vessel Capricorn pursuant to the sanctions.  See Regulation 2017/1419 amending Regulation (EU) 2016/44 and Decision 2017/1427 amending Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333, and Implementing Regulation 2017/1423 amending Regulation 2016/44 and Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1429 implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333.

Terrorism

The EU has undertaken its mandatory review of its non-ISIL & Al-Qaida terrorism sanctions listings, and determined that all listed people and entities should continue to be subject to the sanctions.  See Implementing Regulation 2017/1420 implementing Regulation 2580/2001 and Council Decision 2017/1426 updating Common Position 2001/931/CFSP and repealing Decision (CFSP) 2017/154.

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 may extend Libya sanctions

In its conclusions on the situation in Libya (link here), the EU Council has reaffirmed its commitment to existing sanctions on Libya and its readiness to lift them if the situation in Libya improves or introduce new measures if necessary. The EU says it is ready to act against those responsible for serious human rights abuses in Libya, and is looking into extending sanctions to cover migrant smugglers and traffickers. It condemned repeated violations of the UN arms embargo, and urged all members of the international community to respect the UN Security Council resolutions on Libya.

EU renews targeted Libya sanctions

The EU has renewed its sanctions on people said to be obstructing implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement and the formation of a Government of National Accord in Libya.  These sanctions, first imposed in April 2016 (see previous blog), currently list 3 people:

  1. Agila Saleh – president of the Libyan Council of Deputies in the House of Representatives
  2. Khalifa Ghweil – prime minister and defence minister of the internationally unrecognised General National Congress
  3. Nuri Abu Sahmain – president of the General National Congress.

See Decision 2017/621 amending Decision 2015/1333. The EU’s press release is here, and its notices to listed people are here and here.