Sanctions slapped on luxury and dual use goods
By Lénaïc Vaudin d’Imécourt | Friday 15 June 2012
The Council of the EU approved the implementation of the rules regarding the application of sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, on 15 June, targeting the country’s luxury and dual use goods.
According to the Council, the measures concern in particular certain additional equipment, goods and technology that could be used for manufacturing and maintaining goods that might then be used for internal repression. The sanctions, which will enter into force on 17 June, will ban all exports of said products to Syria.
Luxury goods, whose exports will be banned, include caviar, truffles and cigars with a sales price exceeding €10 per item, wines and spirits with a sales price exceeding €50 per litre, as well as luxury vehicles from €25,000, jewellery, gems and pearls. As for the dual use goods, they include protection and detection equipment and chemical manufacturing facilities. However, the EU will still be allowed to export a certain number of dual use goods, pending authorisation: certain chemicals and toxins, additional laboratory equipment, chemical manufacturing facilities, such as certain valves or vacuum pumps, as well as technology and software required for the development, production or use of goods requiring authorisation for export to Syria.
“In the current situation, the EU must keep up the pressure on the Syrian regime,” High Representative Catherine Ashton explained. “EU sanctions target those responsible for the appalling repression and violence against the civilian population,” she said, adding that the EU had “carefully calibrated today’s decisions to avoid affecting the Syrian people.”