Sanctions Profile: Chemical Weapons

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The EU adopted a new sanctions regime in October 2018 to address the use and proliferation of chemical weapons.

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New Executive Order on the Administration of Proliferation Sanctions

President Donald Trump has issued an Executive Order (E.O.) relating to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and means of delivering them. This E.O. also amends the national emergency declared in E.O. 12938, as amended. The E.O. authorises the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, and in accordance with […]

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UK post-Brexit chemical weapons sanctions regulations

The UK has published regulations under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 on the use and proliferation of chemical weapons, which will come into force if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal. The Chemical Weapons (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/618. Explanatory Memorandum and guidance here.

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First listings under EU’s Chemical Weapons sanctions regime

Today (21 January), the EU added 9 individuals and 1 entity to its Chemical Weapons sanctions list (asset freeze and travel ban). These are the first listings to be made under the sanctions regime. See Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/86, Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/84, and EU Press Release. Syria-based Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) […]

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UK extends EU Chemical Weapons sanctions to Overseas Territories

The UK has passed the Chemical Weapons (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) Order 2018, SI 2018/1361, which gives effect in specified Overseas Territories to the EU’s Chemical Weapons sanctions regime. The Order comes into force tomorrow (9 January 2019). The Overseas Territories to which this Order extends: Anguilla; British Antarctic Territory; British Indian Ocean Territory; Cayman Islands; Falkland Islands; […]

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Third countries align with recent EU sanctions

Chemical Weapons:  Last month, the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544, which established a new sanctions regime targeting the use and proliferation of chemical weapons (see previous blog).  The following countries have aligned themselves with that Decision: Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Norway, and Georgia. See EU Press Release.  Moldova, Rep of Guinea...

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Current Sanctions


Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1542

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/84

Parent Decision

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/86

The Chemical Weapons (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019