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8 Jun 2022 13:30 | Malta Institute of Accountants (Administrator)


Ukraine Regime

  • COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2022/878 of 3 June 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 and COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2022/883 of 3 June 2022 amending Decision 2014/145/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine
    • On 03 June 2022, the EU has included sixty-five individuals and eighteen entities under the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures set out in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 and Annex to Decision 2014/145/ CFSP.

  • COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) 2022/879 of 3 June 2022 amending Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine and COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2022/884 of 3 June 2022 amending Decision 2014/512/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine
    • On 3 June 2022, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2022/884, amending Decision 2014/512/CFSP and imposing further restrictive measures in various sectors:
      • Decision (CFSP) 2022/884 extends the prohibition on the provision of specialised financial messaging services to three additional Russian credit institutions.
      • Decision (CFSP) 2022/884 also expands the list of persons connected to Russia’s defence and industrial base, on whom tighter export restrictions regarding dual-use goods and technology, as well as goods and technology which might contribute to the technological enhancement of Russia’s defence and security sector, are imposed.
      • It is also considered appropriate to extend the list of controlled items which might contribute to Russia’s military and technological enhancement or the development of its defence and security sector.
      • Decision (CFSP) 2022/884 extends the suspension of the broadcasting licences in the Union of Russian media outlets under the permanent control of the Russian leadership and to introduce further restrictive measures to suspend the broadcasting activities of such media outlets in the Union, or directed at the Union. The measures should be maintained until the aggression against Ukraine is put to an end, and until the Russian Federation, and its associated media outlets, cease to conduct propaganda actions against the Union and its Member States. Such measures do not prevent the media outlets and their staff from carrying out activities in the Union other than broadcasting, such as research and interviews. In particular, those measures do not modify the obligation to respect the rights, freedoms and principles referred to in Article 6 of the Treaty on European Union, including in the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and in Member States’ constitutions, within their respective fields of application.
      • Decision (CFSP) 2022/884 also imposes a prohibition on advertising products or services in any content produced or broadcast by the Russian media outlets under the permanent control of the Russian leadership subject to the suspension of broadcasting licences.
      • Decision (CFSP) 2022/884 also imposes prohibitions on the purchase, import or transfer into Member States, directly or indirectly, of crude oil and certain petroleum products, which originate in Russia or are exported from Russia, and on the insurance and reinsurance of maritime transport of such goods to third countries. Appropriate transitional periods are provided for.
      • Due to the geographical situation of several Member States, which generates specific dependence on crude oil imported by pipeline from Russia, the import prohibitions on crude oil from Russia should temporarily not apply, until the Council decides otherwise, to imports by pipeline of crude oil from Russia into those Member States.
      • It is necessary to prohibit the onward transfer, transport or re-sale of crude oil from Russia delivered into a Member State by pipeline to other Member States or to third countries, as well as to prohibit, following a transitional period of eight months, the onward transfer, transport or re-sale to other Member States of petroleum products obtained from such crude oil.
      • Due to the specific geographical exposure of Bulgaria, a special derogation from the prohibition on imports of crude oil via maritime transport ('seaborne crude oil') and of petroleum products should be provided for a limited period. Due to Croatia's specific situation linked to the need for its refinery to secure regular supply of vacuum gas oil for its functioning, it should be possible for the national competent authority to authorise the purchase, import or transfer of Russian vacuum gas oil for a specific period of time under certain conditions.
      • If the supply of crude oil by pipeline from Russia to a landlocked Member State is interrupted for reasons beyond the control of that Member State, the import of seaborne crude oil from Russia into that Member State should be allowed, by way of an exceptional temporary derogation, until the supply by pipeline is resumed or until the Council decides that the prohibition on the import of crude oil delivered by pipeline is to apply with regard to that Member State.
      • In the event of a sudden disruption of oil supplies, whether by pipeline or seaborne, Member States should act in a spirit of solidarity and regional cooperation, involving both public authorities and energy undertakings, in close coordination within the Oil Coordination Group, with a view to possible releases of oil stocks, including emergency oil stocks, and other measures, including the supply of the appropriate blend, as foreseen in their national contingency plans or agreed in accordance with Directive 2009/119/EC. This commitment of solidarity and cooperation is of particular relevance in view of Russia’s aggression on Ukraine and a possible disruption of supplies of Russian crude oil or refined petroleum products in the region, in particular regarding pipelines or Black Sea ports. The Commission will monitor markets and the security of supply, and will report to the Council on a regular basis and, if necessary, make proposals to strengthen the security of supply.
      • In compliance with the principle of the freedom of transit, the prohibitions on the purchase, import or transfer of seaborne crude oil and of certain petroleum products from Russia should be without prejudice to the purchase, import or transfer of such goods which originate in a third country and are only transiting through Russia. In particular, those prohibitions should not apply in the situation where Russia is identified as the State of export in the customs declarations, if the country of origin for the crude oil and other petroleum products is identified in those declarations as a third State.
      • National authorities should conduct the necessary checks to ensure that the transit of third country goods does not lead to the circumvention of the prohibitions. If there is sufficient evidence that the imports of third-country goods leads to the circumvention of the prohibition, such imports should be prohibited.
      • Furthermore, Decision (CFSP) 2022/884 imposes prohibitions on the provision to Russia of accounting, auditing, bookkeeping and tax consulting services, as well as on business and management consulting and public relations services.
      • In order to ensure the smooth implementation of Article 5m of Regulation (EU) No 833/2014, it is appropriate to extend the deadline for the cessation of activities provided for in paragraphs 2 and 3 of that Article from 10 May 2022 until 5 July 2022.
      • It is appropriate to clarify that this Regulation does not prevent the reception of payments by a legal person, entity or body incorporated or constituted under the law of a Member State from its Russian counterparty pursuant to contracts related to goods and technologies as listed in Annex X to Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 which were concluded before 26 February 2022 and performed by that legal person, entity or body before 27 May 2022.
      • Having regard to Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 January 2005 on Community statistics concerning balance of payments, international trade in services and foreign direct investment, accounting, auditing, bookkeeping and tax consultancy services cover the recording of commercial transactions for businesses and others; examination services of accounting records and financial statements; business tax planning and consulting; and the preparation of tax documents. Business and management consulting and public relations services cover advisory, guidance and operational assistance services provided to businesses for business policy and strategy and the overall planning, structuring and control of an organisation. Management fees, management auditing; market management, human resources, production management and project management consulting; and advisory, guidance and operational services related to improving the image of the clients and their relations with the general public and other institutions are all included.
      • In order to ensure correct implementation of the measures set out in Regulation (EU) No 833/2014, it is appropriate to extend the exemption from the prohibition on the transport of goods by road transport undertakings established in Russia to all diplomatic and consular representations in Russia. It is also appropriate to extend certain exemptions from the prohibitions on accepting deposits and on trusts, and to clarify and strengthen the provisions on national penalties for the breach of the measures in that Regulation.
      • Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 and Decision 2014/512/CFSP have been amended accordingly.

  • COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) 2022/880 of 3 June 2022 amending Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2022/885 of 3 June 2022 amending Decision 2014/145/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine
    • On 3 June 2022, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2022/885 amending Decision 2014/145/CFSP, which introduced further derogation options from the asset freeze and the prohibition to make funds and economic resources available to designated persons and entities. It is also appropriate to clarify and strengthen the provisions on national penalties for the breach of the measures in that Regulation. Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 and Decision 2014/145/CFSP have therefore been amended accordingly.

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Belarus Regime

  • COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2022/876 of 3 June 2022 implementing Article 8a(1) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus and the involvement of Belarus in the Russian aggression against Ukraine and COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING DECISION (CFSP) 2022/881 of 3 June 2022 implementing Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus and the involvement of Belarus in the Russian aggression against Ukraine
    • On 03 June 2022, the EU has included twelve individuals and eight entities under the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures set out in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 and Annex I to Decision 2012/642/CFSP.

  • COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) 2022/877 of 3 June 2022 amending Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus and the involvement of Belarus in the Russian aggression against Ukraine and COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2022/882 of 3 June 2022 amending Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus and the involvement of Belarus in the Russian aggression against Ukraine
    • Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/882 (3) expands the scope of the sanctions to further implement the conclusions of the European Council of 24 March 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. In view of the gravity of the situation, it is necessary to take additional measures. Consequently, Decision (CFSP) 2022/882 expanded the list of entities subject to restrictions with regard to authorisations for the sale, supply, transfer or export of dual-use goods and technology, and goods and technology which might contribute to Belarus’s military and technological enhancement, or to the development of its defence and security sector. Decision (CFSP) 2022/882 also expands the list of Belarusian credit institutions and their Belarusian subsidiaries subject to restrictive measures with regard to the provision of specialised financial messaging services. Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 and Decision 2012/642/CFSP should therefore be amended accordingly.

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