Op-Ed: “Court of Justice confirms Council’s reliance on decisions of national authorities in order to renew counter-terrorism sanctions against the PKK” by Celia Challet
On 22 April 2021, the Court of Justice handed down its judgment in Council v PKK (C-46/19 P), in which it ruled on the renewal of counter-terrorism sanctions against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). It partially struck down the General Court’s judgment in T-316/14, which had annulled the PKK’s listing.
This case touched upon one of the most fundamental aspects of the EU’s counter-terrorism sanctions practice: the Council of the EU’s ability to rely on national authorities’ decisions designating a person or entity (in this case, the PKK) as involved in terrorist activities. Indeed, verifying that there is a decision of a competent authority within the meaning of Article 1(4) of Common Position 2001/931 is an essential preconditi