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Al-Qaida: EU amends restrictive measures in line with UNSC resolution

Council of the EU
  • 14/03/2016
  • 10:55
  • Press release
  • 129/16
  • Foreign affairs & international relations
14/03/2016
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On 14 March 2016, the Council adopted a decision amending restrictive measures against members of the Al‑Qaida organisation and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them.

The decision transposes United Nations Security Council resolution 2253 adopted on 17 December 2015, and in particular the amendments introduced in the sanctions regime. The resolution reiterates the UNSC's unequivocal condemnation of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da'esh) and bolsters the fight against ISIL in the existing framework to combat Al‑Qaida and its associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities for ongoing and multiple criminal terrorist acts aimed at causing the deaths of innocent civilians and other victims, destruction of property and greatly undermining stability. It calls on member states to cut the flows of funds and other financial assets and economic resources to individuals and entities on the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al‑Qaida sanctions list.

The legal acts will be published in the Official Journal on 15 March 2016.

EU restrictive measures were first introduced on 27 May 2002.