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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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 […]

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Al-Gama’s al-Islamiyya Egypt wins challenge to EU terrorism sanctions

The General Court of the EU has annulled the maintenance of Al-Gama’s al-Islamiyya Egypt on the EU terrorist asset freeze list pursuant to Common Position 2001/931.  Unlike the EU’s country sanctions regimes, the EU’s terrorism list requires a determination by a national authority that an organisation is involved in terrorist activities.  The Court held that […]


3rd countries align with EU sanctions on Syria, Egypt and Russia

Ukraine In March 2019, the EU adopted  Decision (CFSP) 2019/415 and Decision 2019/416, which relate to sanctions imposed on Russian individuals and entities following tensions in the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov (see press release), and Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/354, which targeted individuals responsible for misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds (see press release). Montenegro, […]

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EU extends sanctions on Egypt and Bosnia and Herzegovina for 1 year

The EU has extended sanctions on Egypt for 1 year until 22 March 2020. These measures continue to impose asset freezes and travel bans on individuals including the former President of Egypt, Mohamed Hosni Elsayed Mubarak, his family and other officials. Interestingly, the Council included in the Regulation how the rights of defence and the […]

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First OFSI penalty– £5k on Raphaels Bank for dealing with £200

On 21 January 2019, OFSI imposed its first monetary penalty. The penalty is £5,000 on Raphaels Bank in the UK for violating EU Egypt sanctions, namely dealing with £200 in funds belonging to a designated person. OFSI reduced the penalty by 50% from £10,000 because Raphaels Banks itself disclosed the breach and cooperated with OFSI. […]


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)