The Iranian Ministry of Energy’s application to the Council of the EU to have its EU sanctions listing annulled has been rejected by the CJEU in Case T-564/12 Ministry of Energy of Iran v Council. The judgment was given on 8 September 2015.

The CJEU found that the Council, in taking 15 months to respond to the Ministry’s application, had breached the Ministry’s rights of defence, but the delay did not require an annulment, because the Council had ultimately given reasons in support of its decision to list the Ministry.

As with NIOC, noted above, the asset freeze against the Ministry of Energy of Iran is likely to be lifted as part of the first phase of sanctions relief under the JCPOA, so the CJEU’s decision in this case may be of limited practical relevance.