EU: Council of the European Union bans purchase, import and transportation of oil from Syria

Today EU finally took the decision to ban purchase, import and transport of oil and other petroleum products from Syria. No financial or insurance services may be provided for such transactions. In addition EU added four more persons and three entities to the sanction list. The names of these individuals and entities will be made public tomorrow and published on this blog. The statement from the European Council is as follows:

In view of the gravity of the situation in Syria, the Council today further tightened the EU’s sanctions against that country and imposed a ban on the import of Syrian oil to the EU. The prohibition concerns purchase, import and transport of oil and other petroleum
products from Syria. No financial or insurance services may be provided for such
transactions.

In addition, the Council added four more Syrian persons and three entities to the list of
those targeted by an asset freeze and travel ban pursuant to decision 2011/273/CFSP1 and regulation 442/20112. At the same time, the Council introduced an exemption to the asset freeze for humanitarian purposes, e.g. for the delivery of medical supplies, food or the evacuation of foreign nationals from Syria.

The arms embargo imposed on Syria on 9 May continues to remain in place.
Today’s decisions were adopted by written procedure. Together with the list of the
additional designations, they will be published in the Official Journal on 3 September
2011.

About Leif Eriksson

Leif Eriksson has worked in the field of asylum at the Swedish Migration Agency specializing in the Middle East, Schengen and the Dublin Regulation, as Migration Attaché and head of the migration section at the Swedish Embassy in Damascus 2005 - 2008, as a resettlement consultant at the UNHCR branch office in Damascus 2008 - 2009, Consul at the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem 2012 - 2013 and associate RSD/RST officer at UNHCR in Beirut 2013 - 2014. He currently lives in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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