On 13 October 2011, the Council of the European Union (EU) adopted further amendments to the EU sanctions measures against Syria – this time imposing an asset freeze on the Commercial Bank of Syria – in Council Decision 2011/684/CFSP. This Decision was published in the EU’s Official Journal of today, 14 October 2011, along with accompanying Council Regulation 1011/2011 (which amends the EU’s original Syria Sanctions Regulation, Regulation 442/2011, and has entered into force as of today).
New restrictions introduced by Regulation 1011/2011
For a description of the EU’s original Syria Sanctions Regulation (i.e. Regulation 442/2011) as well as prior amendments to this Regulation, see our previous alerts from 5 September 2011 and 27 September 2011.
Regulation 1011/2011 further expands the EU’s Syria sanctions framework by making the Commercial Bank of Syria (incuding all its offices worldwide) an entity subject to the EU’s asset freeze – with the result that parties subject to EU jurisdiction must not make funds or economic resources directly or indirectly available to it or for its benefit.
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