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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Third countries align with EU Bosnia & Herzegovina and Egypt sanctions

On 23 March 2020, the EU Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2020/435, which renewed its sanctions regime on Bosnia & Herzegovina for 1 year (see post). North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Georgia have aligned themselves with this decision. The countries listed above, as well as Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Norway, Ukraine and Moldova have also aligned themselves with the …

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EU renews Egypt sanctions for 1 year

The EU has renewed sanctions on Egypt for 1 year until 22 March 2021. Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/416 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/418. The Council has amended President’s Mubarak’s entry to say that he has died, but his “activities are subject to judicial proceedings or an asset recovery process by the Egyptian authorities following a final court ruling in …


UK Dept for Intl Trade updates licences for military exports to Saudi Arabia coalition forces & Turkey

Saudi Arabi Coalition Forces The UK’s Department for International Trade has issued new and amended OGELs* and OGTCLs** to prohibit new registrations for a number of licences until further notice for military and dual-use exports to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Sudan, and the UAE that might be used in the conflict in Yemen. Other licences have been amended …

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US warns Egypt of sanctions after purchase of Russian warplanes

It has been reported in the Wall Street Journal that the US  State and Defence departments have sent a joint letter to Egypt’s government warning of potential sanctions following Egypt’s decision to purchase Russian jets. The letter says that Egypt risks sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which prohibits purchases of Russian military equipment, and that …


UK stops issuing export licences for military goods that may be used in Yemen conflict

The UK’s Export Control Joint Unit has issued a notice to exporters informing them that, following the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Campaign Against the Arms Trade v Secretary of State for International Trade (see previous blog), it will not be granting any new open general export licences (OGELs) for certain military exports to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, or …

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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 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/459


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

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/468

The Egypt (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/887)