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 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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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 there was insufficient basis for...

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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, Albania, Iceland, Norway and Ukraine...

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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)