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5 June 2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001661/2018

EU restrictive measures against Syria are aimed at pressuring the Syrian regime into ending violence and massive violations of human rights against the Syrian population and encouraging a political solution to the conflict.

The EU established two types of sanctions, first a list of sanctions against individuals from the Syrian regime involved in the repression of the civil uprising and second, sectorial economic sanctions aiming at depriving the Syrian regime from its means to conduct the war.

The responsibility for monitoring the implementation of economic sanctions lies with the European Commission. The implementation of the travel ban, including the granting of possible derogations, is the responsibility of national competent authorities. Any decision to grant an exemption to the travel ban has to be considered on the specific facts of the individual case. In this respect, any question should be addressed to the national competent authorities.

The EU and in particular the High Representative/Vice-President has been keen to maintain and reinforce the sanctions against the Syrian regime, since sanctions represent one of the key tools within the common foreign and security policy. The EU has reinforced the listings in 2017 by adding a number of individuals connected or responsible for the chemical attacks of Khan Sheikoun in April 2017. At this moment the list of sanctions includes 262 individuals and 67 entities.

Last updated: 6 June 2018Legal notice