By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

Sanctions Profile: Tunisia

At a glance

The EU imposed sanctions on Tunisia at the start of 2011, by Council Decision 2011/72/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) No 101/2011, following the Tunisian Revolution which led to the ousting of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

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EU de-lists 7 from Tunisia sanctions

The EU has de-listed 7 people from its Tunisia sanctions regime, which targets those alleged to be responsible for the misappropriation of Tunisian state funds. Those de-listed were all designated in February 2011 pursuant to Council Implementing Decision 2011/79/CFSP. They are: Mohamed Ben Moncef Ben Mohamed Trabelsi; Kaïs Ben Slaheddine Ben Haj Hamda Ben Ali; Hamda Ben Slaheddine Ben Haj …


EU de-lists 1 from Tunisia sanctions

Following a review by the European Council, the EU has de-listed Montassar Ben Habib Ben Bouali Ltaief from its Tunisia sanctions list after the sanctions against him expired. Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1356 & Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/1367 of 4 August 2022.


EU clarifies asset freezing after death under Tunisia sanctions framework

The EU has adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2022/149 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/154, which amend its Tunisia sanctions framework to set out the conditions upon which the assets of a person designated over the misappropriation of Tunisian State funds can continue to be frozen after their death. The amendments provide: Where a criminal conviction for the misappropriation of State funds …


EU renews Tunisia “misappropriation sanctions” for 1 year & delists 4

The EU has renewed its Tunisia sanctions for 1 year until 31 January 2022, which targets those responsible for the misappropriation of Tunisian state funds. The listing information concerning 2 people has also been amended. In addition, the EU has delisted 4 people from its Tunisia sanctions: Bouthaina Bent Moncef Ben Mohamed Trabelsi; Nabil Ben Abderrazek Ben Mohamed Trabelsi; Akrem …


Third countries align with renewed EU Tunisia sanctions

On 27 January 2020, the EU Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2020/117, which renewed the EU’s sanctions on Tunisia for 1 year. Those measures designate 48 people said to be responsible for the misappropriation of state funds. The following countries have aligned themselves with this decision: North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Moldova, Armenia and Georgia. …


Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) No 101/2011

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) No 101/2011

Amended by:

Council Regulation (EU) No 1100/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 735/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 81/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/147

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/111

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/149

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/137

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/132

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/115

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/49

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/113

Council Regulation (EU) 2022/149

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1356


Council Decision 2011/72/CFSP

Parent Decision

Council Decision 2011/72/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Implementing Decision 2011/79/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/50/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/724/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/72/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2013/409/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/49/CFSP

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/157

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/119

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/153

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/141

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/135

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/117

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/55

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/118

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/154

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/1367

The Tunisia (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/888)

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