The European Council has extended EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime for one additional year, until 1 June 2021. In line with the EU strategy on Syria, the EU decided to maintain its restrictive measures against the Syrian regime and its supporters, as the repression of the civilian population continues.
The Council also removed from the list two persons and one company which halted their sanctionable behaviour, as well as two deceased persons. The list now includes 273 persons targeted by both an assets freeze and a travel ban, and 70 entities subject to an assets freeze.
Sanctions currently in place against Syria were introduced in 2011, in response to the violent repression by the Syrian regime of its civilian population. They also target companies and business people benefitting from their ties with the regime and the war economy.
Restrictive measures also include a ban on the import of oil, restrictions on certain investments, a freeze of the assets of the Syrian central bank held in the EU, and export restrictions on equipment and technology that might be used for internal repression, as well as on equipment and technology for the monitoring or interception of internet or telephone communications.
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