Sanctions Profile: Chemical Weapons

At a glance

The EU adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1542 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544 in October 2018 to establish a new sanctions regime to address the use and proliferation of chemical weapons.

The UK adopted The Chemical Weapons (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 in January 2021 to deter the proliferation and use of chemical weapons, and encourage the effective implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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Renewal of US & EU sanctions regimes & third countries align with EU sanctions

US The US has renewed multiple sanctions regimes by extending for 1 year the national emergencies declared in: Executive Order (E.O.) 13959, “Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments that Finance Certain Companies of the People’s Republic of China”, as amended by E.O. 14032. Previous post & post. Letter & Notice. O. 12170, “Blocking Iranian Government Property”. Notice. O. 13851, “Blocking …

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Australia passes law providing for thematic sanctions regimes

Today (2 December 2021), the Australian Parliament passed the Autonomous Sanctions Amendment (Magnitsky-style and Other Thematic Sanctions) Bill 2021 which amends the Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 to provide for the establishment of thematic sanctions regimes. Before this, Australia’s sanctions regimes have been mainly country-based. Explanatory Memorandum, Press Release, Press Release & Notice. Pursuant to the amendments, thematic regimes may relate …

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US & EU sanctions regimes renewed, third countries align with EU sanctions & Kingpin Act designations

In recent weeks, multiple sanctions regimes have been renewed by the US and EU: The US renewed its regimes in respect of Columbia narcotics trafficking (Letter and Notice) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Letter and Notice) for 1 year, by continuing the relevant national emergencies. The EU adopted: Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1800 which renewed its Nicaragua sanctions regime …

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US announces Lebanon & Iran-related designations

Lebanon On 28 October 2021, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Lebanese businessmen Jihad al-Arab and Dany Khoury, as well as Jamil Sayyed, Member of Lebanon’s Parliament, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13441. According to OFAC’s Press Release, they have “each personally profited from the pervasive corruption and cronyism in Lebanon, enriching themselves at the …

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OFAC de-lists 2 Iranian entities

The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced the de-listing of Tehran-based Mammut Industrial Group and its subsidiary Mammut Diesel. The entities were originally designated on 21 September 2020 pursuant to Executive Order 13382, “Blocking Property of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators and Their Supporters”. They were said to be “key producers and suppliers of military-grade, …

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1542

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1542

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/84

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1463


Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544

Parent Decision

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/86

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1722

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1466

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1799

The Chemical Weapons (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/618)