EU renews Guinea and Moldova sanctions

EU1.jpgThe EU has renewed its Guinea sanctions until 27 October 2018, and  Moldova sanctions until 31 October 2018. Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1934 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1935.

The EU has published a Notice for those on the Guinea list, renewing their inclusion in the Annex to Council Decision 2010/638/CFSP (as amended) and Annex II to Council Regulation (EU) No 1284/2009. The Notice explains that they can submit a request to the EU Council before 30 June 2018 for a reconsideration of their inclusion, and can challenge the Council’s listing decision in the EU General Court.

EU renews Moldova sanctions & updates ISIL / Al-Qaida listings

Moldova

The EU has renewed its sanctions against Moldova, which impose an EU-wide travel ban on people who are responsible for designing or implementing the campaign of intimidation and closure against Latin-script schools in the Transnistria region of Moldova, until 31 October 2017.  See Decision 2016/1908 amending Decision 2010/573/CFSP.

ISIL / Al-Qaida

The EU has implemented UN updates to the entries for 3 people listed on its sanctions on ISIL / Al-Qaida.  The 3 people are Mohamed Amin Mostafa, Hilarion Del Rosario Santos III, and Anas Hasan Khattab.  See Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1906 amending Council Regulation 881/2002.

EU updates Zimbabwe, Yemen, Guinea, and Moldova sanctions regimes

The EU has published updates to its sanctions regimes on Zimbabwe, Yemen, Guinea, and Moldova.

Zimbabwe

The EU has de-listed the deceased Amos Bernard Midzi (alias Mugenva) from its targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe, which impose an asset freeze on members of the country’s government and people and entities associated with them.  Currently, the targeted sanctions are suspended against all but President Robert Mugabe, his wife Grace, and Zimbabwe Defence Industries.

A new provision has also been included in the sanctions regime to comply with requirements for the protection of personal data.

The change are made by Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1919 amending Council Regulation (EC) 314/2004, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1921 amending Council Regulation (EC) 314/2004, and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1924 amending Council Decision 2011/101/CFSP.

Yemen

The listing of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh has been updated with details of his Diplomatic identity card issued by the United Arab Emirates, which is said to be cancelled, and his place of birth.  The new information is given in order to reflect changes to his listing under the UN’s sanctions on Yemen, and is introduced by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1920 implementing Council Regulation (EU) 1352/2014 and Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1927 implementing Council Decision 2014/932/CFSP.

Guinea

The EU has extended its sanctions regime against Guinea until 27 October 2016. The EU’s sanctions regime against Guinea imposes targeted asset freezes and travel bans on 5 people identified by the International Commission of Inquiry as responsible for violence leading to at least 150 deaths on 28 September 2009, and persons associated with them.  An arms embargo against Guinea was lifted in April 2015 (see previous blog). The regime is extended by Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1923 amending Council Decision 2010/638/CFSP.

Moldova

EU sanctions against Moldova, imposing an EU-wide travel ban on people who are responsible for designing or implementing the campaign of intimidation and closure against Latin-script schools in the Transnistria region of Moldova, have been extended until 31 October 2016. The regime is extended by Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1925 amending Council Decision 2010/573/CFSP.

EU RENEWS MOLDOVA SANCTIONS

The European Union imposed restrictive measures against the leadership of the on region of the Republic of Moldova in September 2010, consisting of a travel ban on a list of people “responsible for the design and implementation of the campaign of intimidation and closure against Latin-script Moldovan schools in the Transnistria region of the Republic of Moldova”. These measures were amended in September 2012, and have just been extended for another year (until 31 October 2015) by Council Decision 2014/751/CFSP of 30 October 2014.

Links to all the current European sanctions (including those against Moldova) are on the ‘EU sanctions in force’ section of this blog.

THIRD COUNTRIES ALIGN WITH EU’S LATEST DECISION ON RESTRICTIVE MEASURES ON MOLDOVA

On 15 October 2014, the Council of the European Union issued a press release declaring the alignment of eight non-Member States to the EU’s latest decision on restrictive measures against the Republic of Moldova.

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Iceland, Albania, Liechtenstein, Norway, Ukraine, and Georgia have all agreed to align their national policies with Council Decision 2014/381/CFSP of 23 June 2014, which amended Council Decision 2010/573/CFSP of 27 September 2010 concerning restrictive measures against the leadership of the Republic of Moldova to extend the existing measures until 31 October 2014.

As we reported earlier, the EU had previously agreed to extend the restrictive measures, which consist of a travel ban on nominated Moldovan leaders, until 27 September 2014. The latest decision further extends this period by one month.

Links to all the current European sanctions (including those against Moldova) are on the ‘EU sanctions in force’ section of this blog.

EU CONTINUES SANCTIONS AGAINST REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

The European Union imposed restrictive measures against the leadership of the on region of the Republic of Moldova in September 2010, consisting of a travel ban on a list of people “responsible for the design and implementation of the campaign of intimidation and closure against Latin-script Moldovan schools in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova”. These measures were amended in September 2012, and have just been extended for another year by Council Decision 2013/477/CFSP of 27 September 2013.

 Links to all the current European sanctions (including those against Moldova) are on the ‘EU sanctions in force’ section of this blog.