On 25 November, the General Court of the European Union (First Chamber) departed from previous practice and ordered the Council to pay the applicant, an Iranian limited company, EUR 50,000.00 as compensation for non-material damage sustained by being mistakenly included on the EU sanctions list for Iran.  This amount reflected solely the damage caused to the applicant’s reputation by becoming associated with “activities regarded as reprehensible by the international community” through an official statement by an EU institution with binding legal consequences.

The Court rejected as unfounded the applicant’s claim for compensation in respect of material damage caused by the closure of some of the applicant’s bank accounts and the suspension of its payment in euros by European banks, as well as the discontinuance of business relations by the applicant’s European suppliers.

Case T‑384/11 Safa Nicu Sepahan Co. v Council of the European Union [2014]