EU introduces autonomous ISIL & Al-Qaida sanctions regime

The EU Council has adopted a legal framework today allowing it to impose asset freezes and travel bans on individuals and entities connected with ISIL & Al-Qaida. Previously the EU could only implement UN or individual EU member state listings. The new power will allow the EU to impose travel bans and asset freezes on people and entities identified as being associated with ISIL (Da’esh) & Al-Qaida, including those providing them with financing, inciting or provoking acts in support of them, or travelling or seeking to travel to or from the EU with the aim or supporting or receiving training from them. Listings will be introduced by Council decisions and regulations, following proposals from Member States. The Council’s press release explaining these changes is here.

The new measures are Council Regulation 2016/1686 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1693 repealing Common Position 2002/402/CFSP.

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