Focus – The EU's Sanctions Policy (September 2014)

Overview of the latest EU official documents, publications of the Consortium and publications from the network regarding the European Union's sanctions policy against proliferation

“Within the framework of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), the European Union applies restrictive measures in pursuit of the specific CFSP objectives set out in the Treaty on European Union. Sanctions or restrictive measures (the two terms are used interchangeably) have been frequently imposed by the EU in recent years, either on an autonomous EU basis or implementing binding Resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations. Sanctions are an instrument of a diplomatic or economic nature which seek to bring about a change in activities or policies such as violations of international law or human rights, or policies that do not respect the rule of law or democratic principles. Restrictive measures imposed by the EU may target governments of third countries, or non-state entities and individuals (such as terrorist groups and terrorists). They may comprise arms embargoes, other specific or general trade restrictions (import and export bans), financial restrictions, restrictions on admission (visa or travel bans), or other measures, as appropriate.”

Sanctions or restrictive measures within the framework of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)

“The launch from DPRK earlier today is another step in a long-running attempt by the DPRK to acquire ballistic missile technology and is thus a clear violation of the DPRK’s international obligations, in particular under UN Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874. I urge the DPRK to comply, without delay, fully and unconditionally with its obligations under relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, its IAEA Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement under the NPT, and its commitments towards denuclearisation under the 2005 Joint Statement of the Six Party Talks. The EU will consider an appropriate response, in close consultation with key partners, and in line with UNSC deliberations, including possible additional restrictive measures.”

Catherine Ashton, 12 December 2012

EU general documents

EU decisions concerning the Iranian proliferation crisis

EU decisions concerning the DPRK proliferation crisis

Main EU decisions concerning Syria (2012, 2013)

Publications of the Consortium

Publications from the network

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