The European Council has announced that the existing restrictive measures imposed against ISIL/Da’esh and Al-Qaida, as well as persons, groups, and other entities that are associated with them, will be prolonged for another 12 months.
These restrictions were prolonged last year too, and in line with the new changes, the duration of the sanctions will remain effective until October 31, 2022, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to a press release issued yesterday, October 18, by the EU Council, six persons are currently subject to restrictive measures. These measures consist of asset freeze and travel ban when attempting to enter the EU Member States.
Additionally, the established rules forbid citizens of the EU and other entities from making financial resources and funds available for those against which restrictive measures apply.
“Currently, six individuals are subject to restrictive measures, which consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze. In addition, EU persons and entities are forbidden from making funds and economic resources available to those listed,” the statement of the Council reads.
As part of the response against attacks that took place back in September 2001, that same year, the EU established a list of persons, entities, and groups involved in terrorist attacks and subject to restrictive measures.
Consequently, since September 2016, the EU has been able to apply sanctions autonomously to ISIL/Da’esh and Al-Qaida. Except for being subject to measures related to the freezing of funds and financial assets, the restrictive measures also include police and judicial cooperation against concerned persons, groups, and entities.
“Council regulation 2580/2001 provides for the freezing of all funds and other financial assets belonging to these persons, groups and entities. In addition, no funds, financial assets and economic resources can be made available to them, directly or indirectly. These are all EU external terrorists,” the Council explains.
Additionally, the same has noted that regarding the criteria for listing, a decision is mainly taken by a judicial or an equivalent competent authority. The decision may concern the following:
- Initiation of investigations or prosecution for a terrorist act or an attempt to carry out such an act
- Condemnation for any of the actions
Moreover, it has been highlighted that in order to protect public security within the area, the Council reviews the list regularly, at least every six months, after which the Council can at any time adopt a decision on listing or delisting of persons, groups, and entities.
After a listing decision is made, each person, group, or entity that is subject to restrictive measures is informed by a letter notification or a publication. Everyone can request from the Council to reconsider the case.