By Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/202, which amends Council Decision 2010/656/CFSP, and Council Regulation (EU) 2015/192, which amends Council Regulation (EC) No 174/2005, the EU has introduced new derogations to existing prohibitions on the sale, supply, transfer or export to Côte d’Ivoire of equipment which might be used for internal repression, (i) where the relevant Member State has determined that the non-lethal equipment is intended “solely to enable the Ivorian security forces to use only appropriate and proportionate force while maintaining public order”, (ii) for equipment solely for the support of the Ivorian process of Security Sector Reform, the UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) or the French forces supporting them, or (iii) where such equipment may be used for the purposes of civilian use in mining or infrastructure projects.

Restrictive measures, including export restrictions, asset freezes and travel bans, were originally introduced by the EU in response to UN Security Council Resolution 1572(2004) under Council Common Position 2004/852/CFSP, against those deemed to constitute “a threat to the peace and national reconciliation process in Côte d’Ivoire… and any other person determined as responsible for serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Côte d’Ivoire”.