On 22 June, pursuant to Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/961, implementing Council Regulation 36/2012, and Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/973, implementing Council Decision 2013/255/CFSP, the EU removed Fawwaz al-Assad, the cousin of President Bashar al-Assad, from its sanctions list in respect of Syria. Fawwaz al-Assad, who was originally listed in May 2011 for his involvement in violence against civilians as part of the Shabiha militia, died earlier this year.

Individuals and entities included on the sanctions list are subject to an EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban.