March 06, 2022
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Sanctions of the EU

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What are sanctions?

Restrictive measures or 'sanctions' are an essential tool of the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Sanctions seek to bring a change in the policy or conduct of those targeted, with a view to promoting the objectives of the CFSP.

What are the objectives when adopting sanctions?

Key objectives when adopting sanctions:

  • safeguarding EU's values, fundamental interests, and security
  • preserving peace
  • consolidating and supporting democracy, the rule of law, human rights and the principles of international law
  • preventing conflicts and strengthening international security

Whom do the sanctions target?

Sanctions can target:

  • governments of non-EU countries because of their policies
  • entities (companies) providing the means to conduct the targeted policies
  • groups or organisations such as terrorist groups
  • individuals supporting the targeted policies, involved in terrorist activities, etc.

What are examples of restrictions in trade in goods?

Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 of 31 July 2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia's actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine was amended on 25 February, 2022 (Council Regulation (EU) 2022/328) by an export ban covering:

  • goods and technology suited for use in aviation and the space industry and 
  • prohibition to provide provision of insurance and reinsurance and
  • maintenance services in relation to those goods and technology. 
  • It also prohibits the provision of technical assistance and other related services as well as 
  • financing and financial assistance in relation to the goods and technology subject to this prohibition.

Council Regulation (EU) No 765/2006 of 18 May 2006 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus was amended on 2 March, 2022 (Council Regulation (EU) 2022/355) by 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. 

Where to find more information?

Please refer for more information on EU sanctions here: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/  

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Sanctioned persons: get to know your customers and suppliers
30-04-2022

As you know, the European Union has adopted several packages of restrictive measures against the Russian Federation in the wake of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and restrictive measures against the Republic of Belarus in the light of the situation in Belarus. All these measures must be effectively implemented by the competent authorities and the EU economic operators. Let us discuss one of the measures - directly and indirectly sanctioned persons and how to identify them so that they do not appear among customers or suppliers.

Andrius Košel

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Sanctioned persons: get to know your customers and suppliers
30-04-2022

As you know, the European Union has adopted several packages of restrictive measures against the Russian Federation in the wake of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and restrictive measures against the Republic of Belarus in the light of the situation in Belarus. All these measures must be effectively implemented by the competent authorities and the EU economic operators. Let us discuss one of the measures - directly and indirectly sanctioned persons and how to identify them so that they do not appear among customers or suppliers.

Andrius Košel

restrictions and prohibitions
en, lt
Kaliningrad – Russia transit: are there any special simplifications?
17-04-2022

Due to the war in Ukraine, the Kaliningrad Oblast is getting increased attention. We receive questions about the ‘Kaliningrad transit‘: whether there are any simplifications for the transportation of goods from Russia to Kaliningrad and vice versa or exemptions from sanctions? The exemptions have been introduced in the fifth EU sanctions package against Russia. But let’s start with an overview of some historical events.

Jurgita Stanienė

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Kaliningrad – Russia transit: are there any special simplifications?
17-04-2022

Due to the war in Ukraine, the Kaliningrad Oblast is getting increased attention. We receive questions about the ‘Kaliningrad transit‘: whether there are any simplifications for the transportation of goods from Russia to Kaliningrad and vice versa or exemptions from sanctions? The exemptions have been introduced in the fifth EU sanctions package against Russia. But let’s start with an overview of some historical events.

Jurgita Stanienė

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Sankcionuojami asmenys: pažink savo klientus ir tiekėjus
12-04-2022

Andrius Košel

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Sankcionuojami asmenys: pažink savo klientus ir tiekėjus
12-04-2022

Andrius Košel

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Tarptautinės sankcijos Rusijai ir Baltarusijai: teisinis reguliavimas ir verslo rizikos valdymas
10-04-2022

Tarptautinės sankcijos – privalomos kiekvienam, ir ne tik ES įvedami ribojimai. Verslui tenka susidurti ir su kitų šalių, pavyzdžiui, JAV, ekstrateritorialaus poveikio sankcijomis. Kaip valdyti riziką? Apžvelkime ribojimus sandorio šalims, jų patikrą viešai prieinamuose sąrašuose, sankcijų įtaką finansinėms operacijoms, apėjimo rizikos valdymą ir atsakomybę, teismų praktiką ir kokias reikėtų numatyti prekių pirkimo-pardavimo ar kitų sutarčių sąlygas, kad įvedus sankcijas, įtakojančias sandorį, būtų apsisaugota nuo neigiamų pasekmių.

Inga Karulaitytė-Kvainauskienė

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Tarptautinės sankcijos Rusijai ir Baltarusijai: teisinis reguliavimas ir verslo rizikos valdymas
10-04-2022

Tarptautinės sankcijos – privalomos kiekvienam, ir ne tik ES įvedami ribojimai. Verslui tenka susidurti ir su kitų šalių, pavyzdžiui, JAV, ekstrateritorialaus poveikio sankcijomis. Kaip valdyti riziką? Apžvelkime ribojimus sandorio šalims, jų patikrą viešai prieinamuose sąrašuose, sankcijų įtaką finansinėms operacijoms, apėjimo rizikos valdymą ir atsakomybę, teismų praktiką ir kokias reikėtų numatyti prekių pirkimo-pardavimo ar kitų sutarčių sąlygas, kad įvedus sankcijas, įtakojančias sandorį, būtų apsisaugota nuo neigiamų pasekmių.

Inga Karulaitytė-Kvainauskienė

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What exporters should know about licensing barriers?
03-04-2022

Due to the non-transparent import licensing requirements in many countries, such as Turkey, India, Malaysia, Brazil, and Argentina, to mention a few, exporters are denied trade opportunities, which these days are especially important for those who lost their export markets after Russia invaded Ukraine. The article introduces basic information on automatic and non-automatic licensing and provides practical examples of some non-transparent licensing regimes worldwide that must be considered when choosing new export markets.

Dr. Ilona Mishchenko

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What exporters should know about licensing barriers?
03-04-2022

Due to the non-transparent import licensing requirements in many countries, such as Turkey, India, Malaysia, Brazil, and Argentina, to mention a few, exporters are denied trade opportunities, which these days are especially important for those who lost their export markets after Russia invaded Ukraine. The article introduces basic information on automatic and non-automatic licensing and provides practical examples of some non-transparent licensing regimes worldwide that must be considered when choosing new export markets.

Dr. Ilona Mishchenko

restrictions and prohibitions
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