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SMB: Update in the Publication of the EU

3 Mar 2022 10:39 | Anonymous


Belarus Regime

Council Regulation (EU) 2022/355 of 2 March 2022 amending Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus

On 2 March 2022, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2022/356, which expands the scope of the sanctions to implement the conclusions of the European Council of 24 February 2022 following the involvement of Belarus in the unacceptable and illegal Russian military aggression against Ukraine, which under international law qualifies as an act of aggression.

Decision (CFSP) 2022/356 introduces further restrictions related to the trade of goods used for the production or manufacturing of tobacco products, mineral products, potassium chloride (“potash”) products, wood products, cement products, iron and steel products and rubber products. It also prohibits the export to Belarus or for use in Belarus of dual-use goods and technology, exports of goods and technology which might contribute to Belarus’s military, technological, defence and security development, and exports of machinery. Decision (CFSP) 2022/356 also amends certain provisions related to the execution of contracts concluded before 25 June 2021 and the provision of financing, as well as financial and technical assistance, in relation to prohibited goods.

Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 has been amended accordingly.

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Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/356 of 2 March 2022 amending Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus

In view of the gravity of the situation, and in response to Belarus's involvement in Russia's aggression against Ukraine, it is appropriate to amend the title of Decision 2012/642/CFSP and to introduce further restrictive measures.

In particular, is appropriate to introduce further restrictions related to the trade of goods used for the production or manufacturing of tobacco products, mineral fuels, bituminous substances and gaseous hydrocarbon products, potassium chloride (‘potash’) products, wood products, cement products, iron and steel products and rubber products. It is also appropriate to impose further restrictions on exports of dual-use goods and technology and on the provision of related services, as well as restrictions on exports of certain goods and technology which might contribute to Belarus's military, technological, defence and security development, together with restrictions on the provision of related services.

Decision 2012/642/CFSP has been amended accordingly.

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Corrigendum to Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/337 of 28 February 2022 amending Decision 2014/145/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine (Official Journal of the European Union L 59 of 28 February 2022)

A new entry has been made (entry 675) on page 6, under the heading ‘Identifying information’.

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Corrigendum to Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/336 of 28 February 2022 implementing Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine (Official Journal of the European Union L 58 of 28 February 2022)

A new entry (entry 675) has been made on page 7, under the heading ‘Identifying information’.

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Please be reminded that all EU/UN sanctions are directly applicable under Maltese law under the National Interest (Enabling Powers) Act, cap 365 of the Laws of Malta as linked here.

Should any of your clients be a person or entity who is listed under UN/EU or national sanctions or who is directly or indirectly owned or controlled by a listed person or entity, the freezing measures mentioned under article 17 of the Act apply.

The Sanctions Monitoring Board is to be informed immediately of the actions that have been taken in relation to the assets of such listed persons. 

The Sanctions Monitoring Board may be contacted on sanctions.mfea@gov.mt on any issue relating to sanctions.


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