October 22
Anjum Shabbir
31st July 2020
External Relations & Trade Justice & Litigation

Changes to EU’s list of specific restrictive measures to combat terrorism and under autonomous sanctions regime

Fighting terrorism became a priority objective in 2001 when the the European Council declared that terrorism is a real challenge to the world and to Europe. It called upon the Council of the EU to take the necessary measures to combat any form of financing for terrorist activities, and in order to implement UN Security Council resolution 1373/2001.

Persons, groups and entities on the EU’s list of sanctions, which the Council of the EU may establish under Council Common Position 2001/931/CFSP and Council Regulation 2580/2001, are subject to the freezing of funds and other financial assets in the EU. It is also prohibited for EU operators to make funds and economic resources available to them.


EU list of sanctions against terrorists maintained, with removal of one person 

Two measures have been officially published today to maintain the current list and remove one person from the EU’s list of specific restrictive measures to combat terrorism, further to a review finding that grounds were found to no longer exist to subject that person to sanctions. The list includes individuals and entities from a number of countries.

(1) Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1132 updating the list of persons, groups and entities subject to Articles 2, 3 and 4 of Common Position 2001/931/CFSP on the application of specific measures to combat terrorism;

(2) Implementing Regulation (2020/1128). Implementing Regulation 2020/19 (which updated the list in January this year) has been repealed. The measure falls under the framework for imposing and reviewing sanctions as set out in Article 2(3) of Regulation 2580/2001.


One person added to list of sanctions against ISIL and Al-Qaeda: EU’s autonomous regime

The EU’s sanctions regime became separate from the more recent one implementing UN Security Council resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) targeting Al-Qaida and ISIL/Da’esh. The EU has its own sanction regime, which allows it to autonomously apply sanctions against ISIL/Da’esh and Al-Qaida and against persons and entities associated with or supporting them.

The Council has also decided today, under the autonomous regime referred to, to impose restrictive measures on one person. The measures include a travel ban and an asset freeze. See Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1124 imposing additional restrictive measures directed against ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaeda and natural and legal persons, entities or bodies associated with them, and Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1126 concerning restrictive measures against ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaeda and persons, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them.

View Implementing Regulation 2020/1128, CFSP Decision 2020/1132, Implementing Regulation 2020/1124 and CFSP Decision 2020/1126 in the Official Journal. In respect of the latter, see the Council’s press release here.


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