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European Commission Considers a CFIUS-like Framework for Screening Foreign Investments

On September 13, 2017, the European Commission published the draft of the EU regulation establishing a common European framework for the review of incoming foreign direct investment (FDI), akin to the process in the US administered by Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS).… Continue Reading

UK Joint Money Laundering Steering Group Consults on Revisions to Its Sanctions Guidance

The UK Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) has published proposed revisions to its guidance on the prevention of money laundering and the financing of terrorism for the UK financial services industry. The revisions reflect a number of factors, including the provisions of the proposed new Money Laundering Regulations published by HM Treasury on 15 … Continue Reading

EU General Court Rejects Syria Annulment Application

On 18 May, the General Court of the EU dismissed Rami Makhlouf’s annulment application for his listing on the EU’s restrictive measures targeting Syria. The General Court did so on the basis that he is a member of the Makhlouf family, has close ties to and supports the Assad regime, and is an influential businessman … Continue Reading

EU Adds Nine Entries to Its Financial Sanctions List Against the Democratic Republic of Congo

On 29 May, the Council of the European Union adopted Council Implementing Regulation 2017/904, which implements Regulation (EC) No 1183/2005. With respect to the Democratic Republic of Congo, asset freezes now apply to nine individuals, which can be found in the Annex of Council Implementing Regulation 2017/904. The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation’s (OFSI) notice … Continue Reading

Council of the European Union Extends Sanctions Against Syria Until 1 June 2018

On 30 May, the Council adopted Decision 2017/917 that extends the EU’s sanctions against Syria until 1 June 2018, amending Council Decision 2013/255/CFSP. The sanctions impose travel bans and asset freezes against individuals supporting or associated with the Syrian regime or oppression in the country. A total of three ministers of the Syrian government have … Continue Reading

European Court of Justice Judgment on Damages for Unlawful European Union Sanctions Listing

On 30 May, the European Court of Justice handed down its judgment in an appeal brought by Safa Nicu Sepahan Co., an Iranian company whose main field of activities includes distribution and transmission of power projects. The company successfully applied in November 2014, in its application before the General Court, to have its name removed … Continue Reading

New Era of UK Financial Sanctions Regime – The Policing and Crime Act 2017

On 1 April 2017, HM Treasury implemented a new US-type financial sanctions enforcement framework, The Policing and Crime Act (the Act), that can potentially fine UK and non-UK companies EUR 1 million or more for breaches of financial sanctions. Part 8 of the Act gives the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), which is part of HM … Continue Reading

EU Removes Five Vessels from its North Korea Sanctions

The EU has removed five vessels from its sanctions against North Korea, implementing a UN decision to de-list them at the end of 2016. The EU had listed these vessels on its sanctions on North Korea for being operated or managed by listed entity Ocean Maritime Management Company. Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/80 amends Council Regulation … Continue Reading

Developments Regarding the Revision of the Dual-Use Export Control Regime

On 28 September 2016, the European Commission published its proposal to “modernise and strengthen” the EU’s dual-use export control regime as laid out by Regulation (EC) No. 428/2009. Now that the commissioner’s proposal has been published, it must be examined by the council and the European Parliament. All three must agree in order to adopt … Continue Reading

EU Removes Entities From Iran Sanctions Lists

The EU has reviewed its nuclear sanctions targeting Iran, as well as judgments of the General Court and the European Court of Justice, annulling listings on those measures and has confirmed that various entities do not appear anymore on the EU’s sanctions lists, they include Moallem Insurance Company, Petropars Operation & Management Company, Petropars Resources … Continue Reading

EU Adds New Information Regarding People Listed on EU Sanctions Against Egypt

The EU Council has issued a notification for the attention of all the individuals listed on the EU’s sanctions who are said to have misappropriated Egyptian state funds, stating that the council holds on its file new elements concerning them and that they may submit a request to the council to obtain the information that … Continue Reading

UK Export Control Organisation (ECO) Publishes New Guidance on Using SPIRE

On 9 January 2017, the ECO published new guidance on how to use SPIRE to get an export licence. The guidance sets out the various steps required for completion before exports can use SPIRE. These steps include registering and having available: the EORI number; the export control classification of the items in question; the supporting … Continue Reading

UK Export Control Organisation (ECO) Updates Sixteen Open Licences

The UK ECO has published a notice that it has updated and amended 16 open licences including 13 open general export licences (OGELs), two open general transshipment licences (OGTLs) and an open general trade control licence (OGTCL). The reason for the change is due to a planned update to the Military List to reflect the … Continue Reading

Developments Regarding the Revision of the Dual- Use Export Control Regime

On 28 September 2016, the European Commission published its proposal to “modernise and strengthen” the EU’s dual-use export control regime as laid out by Regulation (EC) No. 428/2009. Now that the commissioner’s proposal has been published, it must be examined by the council and the European Parliament. All three must agree in order to adopt … Continue Reading

Update of the European Dual-Use Export Control List

The European Commission has adopted its annual Delegated Regulation that updates the EU dual-use export control list and brings it in line with the decision taken within the framework of the international nonproliferation regimes and export control arrangements. In summary, the majority of the changes, such as the updates of the control of laser measuring systems and a new control … Continue Reading

EU Adds 10 People to Its Sanctions Against Syria

The EU Council has renewed the EU sanctions against Burundi until 31 October 2017. The sanctions include travel bans and asset freezes against four people whose activities are deemed to be undermining democracy or obstructing the search for a political solution to the crisis in Burundi. The EU Council’s press release stated that the absence of progress in the situation … Continue Reading

Updated SPIRE Website and Email Addresses

In order to reflect that the UK Export Control Organisation (ECO) is now part of the Department for International Trade (DIT), some aspects of SPIRE, the ECO’s online export licensing system, have been amended. The following website addresses are now live: Spire home page, ECO reports and statistics, Goods and OGEL checker. For exporters, this means that any licenses or … Continue Reading

Five Minutes On… European State Aid Law

The European Union (EU) State aid rules have received much attention recently in the context of the tax probes into Apple, Google and other multinationals. They are as old as the European Union but typically stand in the shadow of the other competition rules that apply directly to companies. Nonetheless, and leaving aside the major … Continue Reading
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