On 10 January 2015 the EU published Notice No 2015/C 006/02 in relation to Council Regulation (EU) No 101/2011(the “Regulation”) and Council Decision 2011/72/CFSP (“Decision 72”) (as implemented by Council Implementing Decision 2011/79/CFSP), which together introduced restrictive measures comprising asset freezes and travel bans on the former President of Tunisia, Zine el Abidine ben Ali, his wife, Leila Bent Mohammed Trabelsi, and more than 40 other individuals.  The Regulation and the Decision targeted individuals deemed to be responsible for the misappropriation of Tunisian state funds and thereby undermining democratic progress in the country.

In the Notice, the Council of the EU announced its intention to renew the restrictive measures introduced by the Decision. The Decision was previously renewed on 30 January 2014 by Council Decision 2014/49/CFSP, which extended its effect until 31 January 2015. The Notice also informs those subject to restrictive measures that the EU possesses “new elements” in respect of their listing and they have until 15 January to submit a request to the Council of the EU to obtain the information that relates to them. The Regulation continues in force and is otherwise unaffected by the Notice.