Sanctions Profile: Egypt

At a glance

EU sanctions relating to Egypt were first imposed in 2011, by Council Decision 2011/172/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) No 270/2011, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

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They impose asset freezes on people said to be responsible for the misappropriation of Egyptian state funds and those associated with them. There are no UN sanctions on Egypt.

Summary of Current EU Sanctions:


  • Asset freeze

Designation Criteria

People who:

  1. have been identified as being responsible for the misappropriation of Egyptian state funds; and
  2. those associated with them.


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EU upholds Egypt sanctions listings of former President Mubarak

The EU General Court has upheld the 2017 and 2018 Egypt sanctions listings (targeting the misappropriation of State funds) of the former President of Egypt, Mohamed Hosni Elsayed Mubarak. See judgment: T-358/17 (12 December 2018) and Press Release. The Court rejected Mr Mubarak’s arguments that there was no legal basis for his listings, that the Egyptian […]


EU upholds Egypt sanctions listings

The EU General Court has upheld the 2016 and 2017 Egypt sanctions listings (targeting the misappropriation of state funds) of Suzanne Thabet, the wife of the former President Mubarak, their sons, Gamal Mubarak and Alaa Mubarak, and their sons’ wives, Khadiga El Gammal and Heidy Rasekh. See joined judgment: T-274/16 and T-275/16. The Court did […]


EU Court upholds Mr Ezz’s Egypt sanctions listings

In March 2015, the EU Court of Justice dismissed the appeal brought by Ahmed Ezz and 3 of his spouses (Abla Salama, Khadiga Yassin and Shahinaz al Naggar) against the General Court’s judgment refusing to annul their initial listings on the EU’s Egypt misappropriation sanctions (see previous blog). The General Court has now dismissed the […]


EU renews Egypt sanctions for 1 year; de-lists 6 people

The EU has renewed its Egypt asset-freezing sanctions list for 1 year until 22 March 2019. It has also removed 6 people from that list (without giving reasons), namely: Ahmed Abdelaziz Ezz; Abla Mohamed Fawzi Ali Ahmed Salama; Khadiga Ahmed Ahmed Kamel Yassin; Shahinaz Abdel Aziz Abdel Wahab Al Naggar; Ahmed Alaeldin Amin Abdemaksoud Elmaghraby; […]


EU renews all listings under Tunisia sanctions regime

The EU has renewed the listings of all persons and entities (and amended one entry) under its Tunisia sanctions list until 31 January 2019, namely, all those appearing in the Annex to Council Decision 2011/72/CFSP (as amended by Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/141) and in Annex I to Council Regulation (EU) 101/2011 (as implemented by Council Implementing Regulation […]

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) No 270/2011

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) No 270/2011

Amended by:

Council Regulation (EU) No 1099/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/490

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/491

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/465


Council Decision 2011/172/CFSP

Parent Decision

Council Decision 2011/172/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Decision 2012/159/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/723/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/144/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/153/CFSP

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/486

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/411

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/496

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/498

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/466

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (Commencement No 1) Regulations 2018

Sanctions Review Procedure (EU Exit) Regulations 2018