USA (United States of America)

Initial Imposition of EU sanctions & Subsequent Amendments

These sanctions are relatively unique in that they are not imposed against the USA, per se, but rather to protect EU individuals and businesses from the extra-territorial effect of US laws regarding carrying out business in Iran, Libya and Cuba

The measures began in 1996 and empowered Member States to take measures to protect the interests of the relevant individuals and businesses.

UN Sanctions

There are no UN sanctions in force against the USA. EU sanctions are imposed pursuant to the EU’s autonomous Common Foreign and Security Policy powers.

Form of the Sanctions

n/a (see above on the unique nature of these measures)

Criteria for Inclusion in Targeted Measures


Provisions in Force

Joint Action 1996/668/CFSP (OJ L 309, 22 November 2006) contains: protection against effects [extra-jurisdictional] of certain US sanctions

Council Regulation (EC) No 2271/1996 (OJ L 309, 22 November 1996) contains: protection against effects [extra-jurisdictional] of certain US sanctions

Amended by Council Regulation (EC) No 807/2003 (OJ L 122, 14 April 2003) amendment to align committee procedures

Amended by Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and the Council (OJ L 55, 16 February 2011) amendment to process of consulting Committee that assists the Commission

Case Law



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