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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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