sanctions 19 February 2020

EU adds to Syria sanctions list

Eight businessmen and two entities have been added to the EU’s Syria sanctions list, the European Council has announced.

The additions bring the total list to 277 individuals and 71 entities whose actions, the Council says, have directly benefited the Assad regime, including through projects located on lands expropriated from people displaced by war.

The listed people and entities are subject to a travel ban and asset freezes. EU sanctions currently in place against Syria also include an oil embargo, investment restrictions, a freeze on Syrian central bank assets held in the EU, and export restrictions on equipment and technology that could be used for internal repression or for the monitoring or interception of internet or telephone communications.

According to the list, among the sanctioned individuals are the president of the Damascus Countryside (Rural) Province Chamber of Commerce; the head of the National Defence Force in Homs; the head of the Syrian-Turkish Businessmen’s Council; and the governor of Damascus.