On 20 January, the Council of the European Union announced its intention to appeal the decision of the General Court to annul the designation of Hamas pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) 2580/2001 on specific restrictive measures combating terrorism (“Regulation 2580”) and Council Decision of 27 December 2001, which establishes a list of individuals and entities designated under Regulation 2580 (see our Client Update of 14 January 2015).

In particular, the Council intends to challenge some of the findings of the General Court regarding the procedural grounds for designating terrorist organisations under the EU regime.  The annulment of Hamas’s designation is suspended until a final judgment is rendered by the European Court of Justice.