The Export Control (Various Amendments) Order 2015 is due to come into force on 24 February 2015. It amends the Export Control (Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol Sanctions) Order 2014 (as well as current Syrian trade restrictions, which are not covered here)
In respect of Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol, the principal amendments are as follows:
- relating to the sale etc. of items listed in Annex II of Council Regulation (EU) No 1290/2014 (the Russia Sanctions Regulation) and related technical assistance, brokering services and financial assistance;
- relating to the provision of certain associated services for certain types of oil exploration and production, as regards Russia;
- a ban on all foreign investments and related investment services in Crimea or Sevastopol;
- a broadening of the former export prohibition on goods and technology suited for use in the sectors of transport, telecommunications, energy and the prospection, exploration and production of oil, gas and mineral resources, and associated technical assistance, brokering services and financial assistance;
- a ban on the provision of technical assistance, or brokering, construction or engineering services relating to infrastructure in Crimea or Sevastopol in those sectors; and
- a ban on the provision of services directly related to tourism activities in Crimea or Sevastopol, including a ban on ships providing cruise services and flying a Member State flag or owned or operated by a Union shipowner calling at certain ports in the Crimean Peninsula.
- the creation of offences and the provision of penalties for contravention of the updated prohibitions in Council Regulation (EU) No 1290/2014 (the Russia Sanctions Regulation) and Council Regulation (EU) No 1351/2014 (the Crimea and Sevastopol Regulation).