On 9 December, the General Court of the EU annulled the historic designation of one individual and three entities in respect of Belarus sanctions.

Each of Vladimir Peftiev, BelTechExport ZAO, BT Telecommunications PUE and Sport-pari ZAO had challenged their listing by the EU pursuant to Council Regulation (EU) No. 588/2011 (“2011 Regulation”), Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 1017/2012 (“2012 Regulation”) and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 1054/2013 (“2013 Regulation”). For a variety of reasons, the General Court annulled each of their listings pursuant to the 2011 Regulation and 2012 Regulation, but not the 2013 Regulation.

Practically, this ruling is of limited significance. Vladimir Peftiev and BT Telecommunications PUE were de-listed by the EU in October 2014, and Sport-pari ZAO was de-listed by the EU in May 2013. BelTechExport has not been de-listed however, and therefore remains subject to the restrictions of the 2013 Regulation.