The EU has lifted most of the asset freezes under sanctions against Belarus and Zimbabwe, but at the same time extended certain limited measures. We provide further details about these sanctions developments below.
The EU has lifted the asset freeze listings (and travel ban, where applicable) imposed on 170 persons and 3 entities under sanctions targeting Belarus.1 These listings were previously suspended at end-October 2015,2 but have now been officially removed. The change entered into force on 28 February 2016.
Still, some sanctions remain: the EU Council extended until 28 February 2017 the arms embargo and trade ban on internal repression equipment, and the asset freezes (and travel ban) imposed on four individuals considered to be involved in unresolved disappearances in Belarus.3 They are: Uladzimir Uladzimiravich Navumau, Dzmitry Valerievich Paulichenka, Viktar Uladzimiravich Sheiman, and Iury Leanidavich Sivakau.
Following the annual review of the EU's sanctions against Zimbabwe, most of the measures have officially been lifted as the asset freeze listings of 78 persons and 8 entities – which were previously suspended – were removed. This change entered into force on 18 February 2016.
At the same time, the EU Council adopted a Decision extending the remaining limited sanctions until 20 February 2017.4 This means the arms embargo remains in place. Asset freezes also continue to apply to President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe, as well as Zimbabwe Defense Industries,5 while restrictive measures against five government officials remain suspended.6