International Relations

13 Dec: Mali: EU sets up autonomous framework for sanctions against those obstructing the political transition

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

The Council today amended its sanctions regime in view of the situation in Mali, establishing new criteria that will allow the EU to autonomously impose restrictive measures on individuals and entities responsible for threatening the peace, security or stability of Mali, or for obstructing the implementation of its political transition. To date the EU has only been able to transpose into EU legislation the sanctions decided by the United Nations.

Today’s decision follows up on the agreement reached by the Foreign Affairs Council on 15 November 2021 to establish a dedicated framework …

20 May: EU-Turkey relations are at a historic low point, say MEPs

(Source: European Parliament)

Backsliding on the rule of law and fundamental rightsTurkey pursues confrontational and hostile foreign policyMEPs encourage Turkey to recognise the Armenian Genocide

EU-Turkey relations have deteriorated to such an extent that the EU needs to profoundly reassess them, MEPs say in a report adopted on Wednesday.

In recent years, the Government of Turkey has distanced itself increasingly from EU values and standards. As a result, relations have been brought to a historic low point, warn MEPs, who are particularly concerned about the state of the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights.

In the report adopted …

18 May: Cyber-attacks: Council prolongs framework for sanctions for another year

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

The Council today decided to prolong the framework for restrictive measures against cyber-attacks threatening the EU or its member states for another year, until 18 May 2022.

This framework allows the EU to impose targeted restrictive measures on persons or entities involved in cyber-attacks which cause a significant impact, and constitute an external threat to the EU or its member states. Restrictive measures can also be imposed in response to cyber-attacks against third states or international organisations where such measures are considered necessary to achieve the objectives of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).

Sanctions currently apply to eight …