EU Council Extends Travel Ban & Restrictive Measures Against 6 Individuals as Response to Terrorist Attacks

The European Council has announced that the current restrictive measures imposed on ISIS/ISIS and Al-Qaeda, as well as other persons, groups and entities associated with them, will be extended for a further 12 months.

Those restrictions were extended last year as well, and in line with the new changes, the duration of the penalties will remain in place until October 31, 2022, TheSchengen.com reports.

According to a press release issued yesterday 18 October by the Council of the European Union, six people are currently subject to restrictive measures. These measures consist of asset freezes and travel bans when trying to enter EU member states.

In addition, applicable rules prevent EU citizens and other entities from providing financial resources and funds to those to whom restrictive measures apply.

Currently, six individuals are subject to restrictive measures, which consist of a travel ban to the European Union and an asset freeze. In addition, persons and entities in the European Union are prohibited from making funds and economic resources available to those on the list,” the Council said in a statement.

As part of the response to the attacks of September 2001, in the same year, the European Union drew up a list of persons, entities and groups involved in terrorist attacks and subject to restrictive measures.

Thus, since September 2016, the EU has been able to independently apply sanctions to ISIS/ISIL and Al-Qaeda. Except for being subject to measures relating to the freezing of funds and financial assets, the restrictive measures also include police and judicial cooperation against the persons, groups and entities concerned.

“Council Regulation No. 2580/2001 provides for the freezing of all funds and other financial assets belonging to these persons, groups and entities. In addition, funds, financial assets and economic resources cannot be made available to them, directly or indirectly. These are all EU external terrorists”, Council explains.

In addition, the same note that with regard to the inclusion criteria, the decision is mainly made by a judicial or similar competent authority. The decision may relate to:

Initiating investigations or prosecutions for or attempting to commit a terrorist act. Condemnation of any act

Moreover, it was emphasized that in order to protect public security within the region, the Council reviews the list regularly, at least every six months, after which the Council can at any time take a decision on the inclusion or removal of names, groups, or entities.

After the decision to list is made, each person, group or entity that is subject to the restrictive measures is notified by electronic notice or by publication. Everyone can ask the council to reconsider the case.

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