EU adds new humanitarian exception to Syria sanctions

The EU has amended its sanctions on Syria to allow for the otherwise prohibited purchase or transportation of oil and petroleum products in Syria, where the sole purpose is to provide humanitarian relief or assistance to the Syrian population. The amendments also introduce a corresponding derogation from the asset freeze and travel ban.  The authorisation provided for by the amendments is available to entities in receipt of public funding for providing aid to Syria, and other entities authorised by Member States.

See Council Regulation 2016/2137 amending Council Regulation 36/2012, and Council Decision 2016/2144 amending Council Decision 2013/255/CFSP.

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Michael O'Kane

Michael was called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters (CPS). He was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high-profile fraud, terrorist,...

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