Fabienne Vermeeren

Fabienne Vermeeren

White & Case LLP

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EU updates sanctions against Libya and Syria, and introduces import ban for Crimean products

The EU Council on 23 June 2014 took several sanctions-related actions,1 all effective on 24 or 25 June 2014, including: • the introduction of an EU import ban for products from Crimea and Sevastopol (and related...more

6/26/2014 - Asset Freeze EU Illegal Imports Importation Limits Imports Oil & Gas Sanctions Syria Vessels

European Commission Provides insight into possible directions for future EU dual-use export control regime

The European Commission has recently outlined its priorities and suggestions for modernising and improving the EU’s Dual-Use export controls regime in a Communication. The proposed approach focuses on ‘smarter’ controls,...more

6/24/2014 - EU Export Controls Exports Reasonable Accommodation

The United States Designates Seven Individuals Under Executive Order 13660 Relating to Separatist Activity in Ukraine

On June 20, 2014, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued further designations under Executive Order 13660 (“EO 13660”). EO 13660, which was signed on March 6, 2014, authorizes the United States to impose...more

6/23/2014 - Executive Orders OFAC Sanctions Ukraine

EU publishes TTIP negotiating positions for five key sectors to increase transparency

On 14 May 2014, in the run-up to the fifth negotiating round taking place 19-23 May 2014 in the US, the European Commission has published its negotiating position in the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership...more

5/21/2014 - Automotive Industry Chemicals Cosmetics EU Negotiations Pharmaceutical Transparency TTIP

EU broadens Ukraine sanctions and adds two companies and 13 individuals to sanctions list

On 12 May 2014, the EU Council broadened the scope of EU sanctions in response to the situation in Ukraine. The legal basis for EU sanctions was broadened notably to cover obstruction of the work of international...more

5/14/2014 - EU Sanctions Ukraine

The United States Designates Seven Russian Individuals and Seventeen Companies under Executive Order 13661, Imposes Additional...

Further Sanctions Designations: On April 28, 2014, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued further designations under Executive Order 13661 (“EO 13661”). EO 13661, which was signed on March 16, 2014,...more

4/29/2014 - Executive Orders Foreign Policy OFAC Russia Sanctions

EU adds 15 persons to Ukraine related asset freeze list and travel ban, but holds off imposing broader economic sanctions

In response to the most recent developments in the Crimea crisis, the EU Council decided on 28 April 2014 to add another 15 individuals to the EU’s asset freeze list and travel ban. The names have been published in Council...more

4/29/2014 - EU Frozen Assets Russia Sanctions Ukraine

EU expands Ukraine-related asset freeze list to four more persons, work on possible Russia sanctions continues

In an attempt to strengthen European Union (EU) sanctions targeting misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds, the EU has added another four names to the existing list of individuals subject to an asset freeze. These...more

4/16/2014 - EU Frozen Assets Russia Sanctions Ukraine

EU adds 12 individuals (politicians, military and one journalist) to Ukraine sanctions, more sanctions may follow

As a further response to recent developments in Crimea, the EU today added another 12 names to the existing list of individuals in Russia and Crimea subject to a visa ban and asset freeze. These restrictions were published in...more

3/24/2014 - EU Russia Sanctions Ukraine

EU imposes sanctions on 21 politicians and military officers from Russia and Crimea

In response to the Crimea crisis, the EU Council decided to impose sanctions against individuals in Russia and the Crimea in the form of an asset freeze targeting persons responsible for actions which threaten the...more

3/18/2014 - EU Russia Sanctions Ukraine

EU responds to Ukrainian crisis by imposing asset freeze on 18 politicians, family members and businessmen

I. Introduction Following a promise by the Council of the European Union (EU) on 20 February 2014 to impose various restrictive measures against Ukraine in response to the deteriorating political situation, the EU list of...more

3/6/2014 - EU Foreign Policy Frozen Assets

EU partially suspends Iran sanctions under nuclear deal

I. Introduction - On 20 January 2014, the Council of the European Union (EU) agreed to temporarily suspend certain sanctions against Iran, namely those relating to (re)insurance and transport services for Iranian crude...more

1/22/2014 - EU Iran Iran Sanctions Middle East Nuclear Power Oil & Gas

EU GSP – China, Thailand, Ecuador, Maldives losing GSP benefits; GSP Plus list released

The EU’s new Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) regime started to apply on 1 January 2014; recently, some key announcements were made relating to removal of certain GSP beneficiary countries and granting of GSP Plus...more

1/9/2014 - China EU GSP Regime Tariffs World Bank

New EU procedures for trade defence measures agreed

The Council and European Parliament recently agreed on new procedural rules for the adoption of trade defence measures (i.e. anti-dumping, antisubsidy, and safeguard measures) by the European Commission. The new rules...more

12/19/2013 - Anti-Dumping Duty Anti-Subsidies EU European Commission New Amendments Trade Policy

European Union publishes new Union Customs Code

On 9 October 2013, the European Union (EU) adopted the Union Customs Code (“UCC”), which was published in the EU Official Journal the following day. It will on 1 June 2016 replace the current Community Customs Code as the new...more

10/18/2013 - Customs EU

EU outlines preliminary goals in connection to first TTIP round

Last week, the EU and US met for the first round of negotiations of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement. In statements following the closing of this round, chief negotiators for both sides...more

7/18/2013 - Competition EU European Commission Negotiations Proposed Legislation Treaties TTIP

EU renews sanctions against Syria (except the arms embargo), and updates/implements measures against Belarus and Libya

I. Introduction - The EU has renewed its sanctions against Syria until 1 June 2014, with the exception of the arms embargo. For Belarus, the Council has decided to delist three parties from the asset freeze...more

6/5/2013 - Arms Embargo EU Frozen Assets Middle East Sanctions

EU lifts sanctions against Burma/Myanmar, eases measures against Syria and Libya, and tightens sanctions against North Korea

I. Introduction - The EU has updated its sanctions measures against Burma/Myanmar, Syria, North Korea and Libya. For Burma/Myanmar, the Council has decided to lift all economic sanctions, while keeping the...more

4/24/2013 - EU Frozen Assets Sanctions United Nations

EU updates sanctions measures against Syria, North Korea and Zimbabwe

I. Introduction - The EU has updated its sanctions measures against Syria, North Korea and Zimbabwe. For Syria, the Council has renewed its sanctions for a further three months, while introducing certain...more

3/5/2013 - Arms Embargo EU Sanctions

New EU GSP regime: New Regulations Relating to Graduated Products, Beneficiary Country List and GSP Plus Procedures

I. Introduction - Following entry into force of the Regulation introducing the new EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) regime – Regulation 978/20121 – the EU has recently adopted and published certain legal acts...more

2/26/2013 - EU Generalized Scheme of Preferences GSP Regime Tariffs Threshhold Requirements

EU-US move towards launch of FTA negotiations

In a joint EU-US statement, US President Obama, European Council President Van Rompuy and EU Commission President Barroso have recently announced the initiation of procedures to launch negotiations towards a Transatlantic...more

2/25/2013 - EU Obama Administration Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

EU defines scope of expanded Iran sanctions, including new natural gas, metals and vessels/ tankers bans

On 21 December 2012, the Council of the European Union (EU) adopted the EU-wide legislation clarifying important details of the expanded sanctions measures already agreed by the Council in broad terms on 15 October 2012.1...more

1/14/2013 - EU Iran Sanctions Natural Gas Oil & Gas

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