On 3 March 2015, the EU published Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/335 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/325, which amend Council Decision 2010/231/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU)_ 356/2010 in respect of sanctions against Somalia.
Pursuant to the new legislation, EU Member States may now inspect vessels bound to or from Somalia, in both Somali territorial waters and on the high seas off the Somali coast, which they have reasonable grounds to believe are (i) carrying charcoal from Somalia in violation of the charcoal ban; (ii) carrying weapons or military equipment to Somalia, directly or indirectly, in violation of the arms embargo on Somalia; or (iii) carrying weapons or military equipment to individuals or entities designated by the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee (“UN Sanctions Committee”). Member States may seize and dispose of such items and provide a written report to the UN Sanctions Committee. The new legislation also removes Mohamed Sa’id from the asset freeze list. The changes reflect the UN Security Council’s decision of 19 December 2014 to amend the UN’s sanctions against Somalia (as reported in Issue 33 of the Sanctions Alert).