Syria: EU extends sanctions against the regime and its supporters by one year

Council of the EU
  • 28/05/2015
  • 14:00
  • Press release
  • 371/15
  • Foreign affairs & international relations
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As the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, the Council has extended EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime by one year. 

One additional person has been targeted with a travel ban and an EU asset freeze. This person is a high-ranking military deemed responsible for repression and violence against the civilian population in Damascus and Damascus countryside. Over 200 persons and 70 entities are now targeted by EU sanctions over the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria. 

The decision also extended the existing sanctions including the oil embargo and the restrictions on certain investments until 1 June 2016.  

In December 2014, the Council reiterated that the EU would continue imposing and enforcing sanctions that target the regime and its supporters as long as repression continues. For the EU, a lasting solution to the conflict can only come through a Syrian-led political process that leads to a transition. The EU continues to encourage all efforts to this end. 

The legal acts, including detail regarding the person added to the list, are available in the EU Official Journal of 29 May 2015.