After examining the current situation in Syria, the Council of the European Union decided to add four newly appointed ministers to the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures targeted by the European Union.
“Given the gravity of the situation in Syria, and in view of the recent changes in the Syrian government, four persons should be added to the list of natural and legal persons, entities or bodies subject to restrictive measures in Annex II of Regulation (EU) No. 36/2012,” stated in Statement in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Such a decision was made on Monday, November 15, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to the Official Journal of the European Union, three of the ministers added to the list of people against whom restrictive measures should be applied are male, while the other is female. They all share responsibility for the violent repression of the Syrian regime against the civilian population.
Aside from the four ministers who were now added to the list, 283 of them were already part of it. As a result, Monday’s decision brings to 287 the number of people targeted with a travel ban as well as an asset freeze.
In addition, according to a press release from the council, the list includes 70 entities that are subject to an asset freeze, which means that they are also subject to restrictive measures.
The sanctions currently imposed on the Syrian regime were imposed in 2011 in response to the violent suppression of Syrian civilians. Sanctions also target companies and firms that have profited from their ties to the regime.
Moreover, the restrictive measures also include a ban on oil imports, a freeze on assets of the Central Bank of Syria held in the European Union, restrictions on many investments, as well as export restrictions on technology and equipment that can be used for repression.
Equipment and technology used to intercept or monitor the Internet and other forms of communication are also subject to restrictive measures.
“The aim of the EU sanctions is to pressure the Syrian regime to stop repression and negotiate a permanent political settlement to the Syrian crisis in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254. They are an integral part of the EU’s broader approach to Syria. A disaster. Sanctions on Syria remain Under continuous review,” the board said in a statement.
Previously, the Council extended for another 12 months the existing restrictive measures imposed on ISIS/ISIS and Al-Qaeda.