On 29 and 30 January 2015 the EU published updates to its sanctions regimes for Ukraine and Tunisia respectively.

In respect of Ukraine, the update consists of a clarification of the designation criteria for the asset-freezing measures aimed at individuals alleged to be responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian State funds. The Council has published the updated Council Regulation (EU) 2015/138 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/143. These instruments state that persons identified as responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian State funds include persons subject to investigation by the Ukrainian authorities:

  • for the misappropriation of Ukrainian public funds or assets or being an accomplice thereto; or
  • for abuse of office as a public office-holder in order to procure an unjustified advantage for him- or herself or for a third party and thereby causing a loss to Ukrainian public funds or assets, or being an accomplice thereto.

In respect of Tunisia, the asset-freezing measures currently in force have been extended until 31 January 2016, and the statements of reasons for three of the listed individuals have been amended. The updated instruments are Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/147 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/157. The new reasons for listing the three persons in question (Moncef Trabelsi, Mohamed Trabelsi and Faouzi Ben Ali, all now deceased) are as follows:

Person (deceased) whose activities are subject to judicial investigations by the Tunisian authorities for complicity in the misappropriation of public monies by a public office-holder, complicity in the misuse of office by a public office-holder to procure an unjustified advantage for a third party and to cause a loss to the administration, and complicity in exerting wrongful influence over a public office-holder with a view to obtaining directly or indirectly an advantage for another person.