The Council has recently renewed the so-called EU terrorist list, which sets out persons, groups, and entities subject to restrictive measures with a view to combating terrorism.
Persons, groups and entities on the list are subject to the freezing of their funds and other financial assets in the EU. It is also prohibited for EU operators to make funds and economic resources available to them.
The Council first set up the list as an implementation of UNSC Resolution 1373/2001 that followed the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. It reviews the list at regular intervals, and at least every six months, on the basis of a regular exchange of information between member states on any new facts and developments relating to the listings. In addition, following the semi-annual review of the list, the Council has extended the restrictive measures against those already on it. The list is currently composed of fifteen people and twenty-one groups and entities.
The Council has added two Iranian citizens and the Internal Security Directorate of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security of that country to the list of EU terrorists (measures established in Common Position 2001/931 / CFSP and Council Regulation (EC) No 2580/2001). The Council has approved these inclusions within the framework of its response to recent frustrated attacks in Europe. Sanctions apply as of publication.
This sanctions regime is separate from the EU regime implementing UN Security Council resolutions 1267 (2011), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015 and targeting Al-Qaida and ISIL/Da’esh. The EU also has its own sanction regime which allows the EU to apply sanctions autonomously to ISIL/Da’esh and Al-Qaida and persons and entities associated or supporting them.